This, This Is Mine | The Corinthian Food StoreReality. We usually go to the theatre to escape it. But The Corinthian Food Store’s production of This, This Is Mine is about confronting life at a personal level and living in Australian society. Can individuality exist within a culture that isn’t even clearly defined?

Blockbuster theatre with a mega-audience this is not. Instead, this original play’s power is in the setting: an intimate audience, watching the drama unfold of two childhood friends in their 20s finding themselves lost in humanity and Australianity.

Multi-generational Aussie Eva (Matilda Ridgway) arrives at her father’s place after attending his funeral. She was estranged from him, and her childhood memories resurface when friend Lester (Shiv Palekar) drops in. Is he there for Eva or for his own narcissistic reasons? The duo merges their personal stories past and present, all the time the sexual tension building. Will Eva find peace? Why is Lester there?

The highlight of This, This Is Mine is the script by Duncan Ragg, which follows the ‘show-don’t-tell’ storytelling tenet perfectly. The dialogue is contemporary and natural and maintains a steady pace through the banter of these unlikely friends. The contrast to Lester’s exotic Indian heritage and family wealth is stark against Eva’s working class broken family. There are comedic moments as as well as heartache. Through their life stories pop up bigger issues of what it means to live in society, what is white man guilt, and what is ‘Australian’. None of this is answered of course, because there is no real answer. There are many head-nodding moments of ‘so true’ as Lester and Eva comment on what it means to live in this time. Themes include the age-old emotional riptides of dysfunctional families, racism, and broken trust in romantic relationships.

This piece relies so very much on the intimacy of the actor-audience relationship. Being in an actual living room and seeing someone open a real fridge, use a real window, and real doors – means you have skin in the game. Feel genuine frustration at Lester’s erratic behaviour and Eva’s heartbreak.

The chemistry between Ridgway and Palekar is genuine. And that is essential when the audience is so close to the action, to see the tears welling, the true laughter rippling through the ribcage. It all makes for a voyeuristic experience, but not in a creepy way. More like being an angel, watching over these lost souls, pushing them to make peace with each other and themselves.

Want to get up close and personal? The subtle contemplation that is This, This Is Mine concentrates personal drama and Australia’s identity – without a preachy lecture.


The Corinthian Food Store Collectivepresents
This, This Is Mine
by Duncan Ragg

Directed by Duncan Ragg

Venue: 17 Quandong Street, O'Connor ACT
Dates: 30 September – 1 October 2016
Bookings: thecorinthianfoodstore.com

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.