Friday, 21 December 2018

The Productions That Made A Lasting Impact 2012-2018

Over the last seven years I've seen well over 500 shows. Phew! 

On reflection, these are the ten that have made a lasting impact. 

An oustanding collection of musicals and plays that are personal touchstones for a variety of reasons but most of all for this, the thing I crave every time the lights go down:

A good story well told. 

In no particular order...

Point & Shoot - Holland St Productions (2014-15)

For mine, the best original production originating from WA in the last 7 years. A superb one act comedy musical.

Animal - Upstart Theatre Company (2013)

Brilliantly written and acted, this brutal and provocative play left me gobsmacked, staged at the gritty PSAS in Fremantle.

Urinetown - WAAPA (2015)

I adored the satirical tone of this musical but it was the fierce choreography in the intimate confines of The Roundhouse Theatre that elevated this to memorable status.

The Drowsy Chaperone - WAAPA (2016)

Witty, gorgeous, laugh out loud funny, this was a dazzling musical that was a complete triumph for that year's graduating class.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Acacia Prison & The Actors Workshop (2015)

An unforgettable theatrical experience that demonstrated the transformative power of theatre. Unique, raw, moving, and damn funny.

Festen - WAAPA (2014)

A gut punch of a play that was a brutal watch but utterly engrossing as the majestic horror unfolded.

Punk Rock - WA Youth Theatre Company (2014)

Featuring an outstanding young ensemble cast that demolished the set in the studio space at the Subiaco Arts Centre in a powerful and spirited performance.

Under Any Old Gum Tree - Noel O'Neill (2014)

Playwright Noel O'Neill may be better known for his comedy franchises but this is by far his best work. A devastating portrayal of a man traumatised by war.

The Day The Sky Turned Black - Ali Kennedy Scott (2012)

A bravura performance as Ali Kennedy Scott played multiple characters with aplomb to tell the heartbreaking story of the Black Saturday bushfires from unexpected angles.

Sunday in the Park with George - WAAPA (2018)

Made me cry. Went home and booked a ticket for the very next night. Cried again. Superb.

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