Pigman's Lament | The StreetReflective yet insular – the original play Pigman’s Lament indulges in intellectualism. Some of the audience will relate to the personal story and others might feel alienated by the esoteric references.

Playwright and actor Raoul Craemer takes the audience through reality and hallucination, past and present, Germany and Australia. The point? Not clear. Perhaps a journey towards resolution of both the protagonist’s doubts and satisfaction about career, life and love. Regardless, the play is intriguing enough to stay engaged, but not emotionally moving as one might expect given the subject matter.

The plot involves quasi-autobiographical moments of Craemer’s past life interwoven with the present timeline of the actor preparing for this very show. From there, Craemer’s multicultural creative spirit plays multiple characters over multiple eras: delving into his strict German grandfather’s perceived opinion of his grandson. Craemar is masterful in the quick transitions and embodies the grandfather’s presence with a stentorian voice.

The original script is perhaps a bit long and could be tightened up in the mid section. Obviously a lot of work has already gone into the production, with director Paulo Castro contributing valuable dynamics. Castro’s direction also adds a level of interest to a one-man-on-stage situation. Craemer steps on every square centimetre, leaping and striding and shuffling around the tiny stage.

Christiane Nowak’s concentrated set design helps define scenes and every prop down to every sock and boot is there for a reason. Lighting design by Gillian Schwab heightens the tense scenes. The original sound-scape by Lara Soulio and Sianna Lee early in the play is overpowering but later eases back and builds the ominous vibe in darker moments.

Is there a resolution to the darkness? Sort of. But too many questions are unanswered. Maybe that is the point. In our real lives, there is always unfinished business, untold secrets, unsatisfied dreams.

If you like small and introspective pieces that are personal and original, then Pigman’s Lament is spot on.


The Street presents
Pigman's Lament

Director Paulo Castro

Venue: The Street Theatre | 15 Childers St, Canberra City West
Dates: 24 June – 3 July 2016
Tickets: $30 - $39
Bookings: 6247 1223 | www.thestreet.org.au






Most read reviews

Lighten Up | Tom Gleeson

Master of the deadpan, harsh host of Hard Quiz, and heartless interrogator on Hard Chat, making audiences squirm as much as his victims – Tom Gleeson uses blunt-force trauma as his comedy schtick.

Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical? | Kit Richards

It doesn’t matter how much you know or care about the legality of the Essendon Football Club supplements program in 2013 – it won’t stop you enjoying this original and entertaining saga, because Kit Richards has a talent for making otherwise dull stories fun and interesting. And for writing damn good songs.

Glengarry Glen Ross | New Theatre

Real estate is just dirt, when you boil it right down, and Mamet’s pedlars of property sure are dirty.

Easter at The Piano Mill 2021

Piano Mill’s success has been due to it offering an alternative means of experiencing fresh, original music in the spirit of a sonic adventure staged outdoors.

Chatty Cathy | Nath Valvo

Valvo entertains the crowd with well crafted jokes about life, love and champagne.

Most read news

Vale Taryn Fiebig

Multi award-winning Australian music theatre and opera star Taryn Fiebig, who made Prince Charles cry with her artistry, passed away in Sydney last night from ovarian cancer, aged 49.

MTC to premiere Digital Theatre

Audiences around Australia will have the opportunity to see Melbourne Theatre Company productions direct from stage to screen with the premiere of MTC Digital Theatre – Friday 16 April 2021.

2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards

Andrew Myer AM, Chairman, Sidney Myer Fund has announced the winners of the 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards.