Haircuts | Greek Festival of Sydney

Haircuts | Greek Festival of SydneyHaircuts is playing as part of the 33rd Greek Festival of Sydney, a play largely in spoken English, and can be appreciated by all cultures, young and old. Although it may appear that way from the outset, the play is not so much about a clash of cultures, featuring Greek, Italian, and white Australian characters, as it is about human communication and connection. And this all takes place in a small barber shop run by Costa (Adam Hatzimanolis) and his wife (Barbara Gouskos). The scripting of Haircuts is well written and conceived (by Con Nats, also producer of the show). There was a great balance of comedy and tragedy, well executed on the stage by director, Lex Marinos.

Adam Hatzimanolis, who plays Costa, was a real stand-out performer. Hatz played a really loveable character, a Greek man in Sydney trying to make a living and a life for his family, running his own barber shop. Costa makes his way through quite a transitional period in his life and career and is left changed. Hatz showcases his journey with depth and vigour, remaining quite an engaging performer. Stanley is the other principal character in this play (Richard Hilliar), who admires Costa as he regularly cuts his hair. Costa also gives Stanley what he lacks in his father (John Derum), who is completely detached from his son. Hilliar was incredibly convincing in his role, as his character moved out of home and on to married life which quickly turns sour.  

The staging of the production is quite clever, making use of a large space in a deceivingly small theatre. The barber shop floor is covered in the hair of people who have come and gone, which has more meaning than initially thought – as Costa suggests, “When you cut a man’s hair, he leaves a little part of himself on your floor”. The actors all remained on stage, sitting quietly on the ‘waiting chairs’ on either side when they were not involved in scene. The backdrop was a large projection of images, setting the scene, and taking the audience back to haircut trends of the past. In the second act there was even a mock advertisement put together that had everyone in stitches. Although there were a few slip ups with delivery of lines and technical/lighting issues, it was clear that everyone involved had a lot of love for the theatre they were providing to the audience.

Haircuts is all about people building a life for themselves and their family. The symbolism of the haircut is that, without realising it, you do in fact leave a piece of yourself wherever life takes you. The play quite simply, yet powerfully, demonstrates the lasting impact of relationships, no matter how brief they are.

Greek Festival of Sydney
by Con Nats

Director Lex Marinos

Venue: The Greek Theatre, Addison Rd Community Centre | 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW
Dates: 15 – 26 April 2015
Tickets: $30 – $25

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