From the pens of Alex Flanagan-Wright (text and lyrics) and Phil Grainger (music) comes this new show, prequel to their magnificent Orpheus.
Two North Yorkshire guys stand in a garden full of acacias and melaleucas. The skinny one holds a battered leather notebook; the big, beefy guy holds a guitar. Together, they retell a story two millennia old.
Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone this cabaret show is fabulous – it’s entertaining, moving, amusing, has some great songs but more than anything it is thought provoking. There really was a woman who jumped off the Hollywood sign. Peg Entwistle jumped off the Hollywood sign in 1932. Although a successful performer on Broadway after less than a year in Los Angeles she was dead.
Hollywood is filled with tales of woe. Since its inception, it has been a hotbed of sex, scandal and violence.
Nuclear Family starts off quite calmly - a brother and sister work in a security office and engage in typical sibling banter.
An ordinary man with a history of loving Star Trek now embarrassed by his obsession and suddenly there is a girl, a temp at his workplace dressed as Spock!
The venue is set up for a lecture, the strange little man organising the talk doesn’t ring true and his claim to be from Melbourne University is obviously false.
What do you expect from a show based on nothing? Nothing, and that is close to what one gets, with this intriguing Fringe show.
Director, Michael Allen, has found two terrific actors for this production in Joanne Hartstone and John Maurice, and has created a tense drama that does not let up for a second.
Book your tickets, pop along to the cosy foyer of the Bakehouse for a glass of something before the show, and treat yourself to a great night out. This production has everything going for it, make sure that you go for it, too.
The merit of this predictable play is in the acting. Guy Masterson and Joanne Hartstone give powerful performances as unlikeable university professor John and his irritating pupil Carol.