Students from TafeSA’s Adelaide College of the Arts Acting, Design and Technical Production departments have come together to present Paulo Castro’s Underground.
Inspired in part by Stanley Kubrik’s classic film A Clockwork Orange and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, Underground is a series of fifteen monologues that explore the impulses of violence. Full of anger and hate, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
“I wanted to write a play about people who are either excluded from society or seclude themselves from society because of their own issues,” Paulo explains.
“More than just a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, the play features a cast of fifteen characters sharing their personal tale of misery.
“The production is quite confronting because the monologues are all stories the audience can relate to but don’t necessarily want to hear about. Gang violence, sexual fetishism, paranoia, political angst, alcoholism, drug addiction, homosexuality, schizophrenia, depression, nationalism and suicide are recognisable aspects of our society, but they are all uneasy themes. Underground explores them all in an explosive and exciting new way, with the audience situated in an actual underground car park.”
A native of Portugal, Paulo Castro is an actor, dancer, writer, dramaturg, filmmaker and director. Prior to moving to Adelaide in 2006, Paulo was the director for the National Theatre of Portugal. Since arriving in Australia, he has featured in numerous productions for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and in 2007, he was nominated for Best Independent Theatre Production at the Green Room Awards.
Where: The Basement, Adelaide College of the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide.
When: Wednesday 22 September – Saturday 25 September, 7.30pm
Tickets $10, $5 concession.
Bookings via VenueTix on 8225 8888 or www.venuetix.com