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CECILIA MINOGUE SPEAKS TO THE
WOMEN BEHIND SHOWS IN THIS
YEAR'S MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL.
All the Things I Would Never Tell You
depicts a disastrous first date where the main
character finds herself blurting out her entire
romantic history. Inevitably, she tries to put
her own behaviour in the best possible light.
But the women from her past show up to
challenge her version of events and all the
blood and chaos of her old relationships
comes bubbling to the surface.
The opening smash of Spain's major
independent theatre festival last year, All The
Things I Would Never Tell You was written
by Australian Victoria Pitt through rehearsals
with Spanish actress Ana Momplet. The
show draws on personal experiences,
particularly those of Victoria. "A lot of the
ex-lovers are based on real people so we've
had to do a bit of rewriting to bring the show
to Australia", she says. "In Spain, we could
really let loose."
Ana switches between 14 characters and
sings 8 songs. Unsurprisingly, she has been
praised by the Spanish press for her
'linguistic and physical flexibility'. "We
have a huge creative writing and directing
talent in Victoria and I am endlessly willing
to run around and be crazy, so we make a
good team," says Ana.
Victoria was a Walkley Award winning
documentary film director before training at
London's Central School of Speech and
Drama. When I asked her about making the
transition to theatre she was quick to answer.
"Oh that's easy. The last film I worked on
we used actors. We were in the middle of
something and suddenly I realised that the
knot in my stomach I usually had working in
film wasn't there anymore."
Pitt and Momplet are an inspiring and
vivacious pair and All The Things I Would
Never Tell You looks set to be a treat for the
girls this Mardi Gras. But there are only two
shows -- so be quick!
All the Things I Would Never Tell You, March
1 & 2 at The Seymour Centre Downstairs.
$23/18 bookings (02) 9351 7940.
When Play School featured a little girl with
"two mums" we were reminded of society's
reluctance to accept children being exposed
to the idea of lesbianism. The issue of lesbian
teachers is raised in The Children's Hour,
part of this year's Mardi Gras Festival.
One of the first plays of the 20th century to
openly discuss female homosexuality, Lillian
Hellman's The Children's Hour was a
Broadway success in 1934 despite being
disqualified from its nomination for the
Pulitzer Prize when one of the Pulitzer
committee refused to see it on moral grounds.
Rarely performed but historically significant,
the play portrays two female teachers
battling a child's accusations of lesbianism.
The accusation is made by Mary, a young
student well known for her tendency to make
up stories. Mary's grandmother, Mrs Tilford,
perhaps the most evil character, is unable to
conceive of a child making up such a story
unless it were true.
The play resonates as strongly today as it did
then and provides a potent reminder of the
evil that can be created by ignorance and
fear. "The fear of sexuality is still current,"
says director Roz Riley. "The issue now is
not whether or not a lesbian relationship is
environment where there are children."
Sure to stir up heated discussion in even the
most harmonious of lesbian households, The
Children's Hour is a reminder of the extent
to which change is still needed.
The Children's, until March 12 at The Edge
Theatre Newtown. $25/$20, Bookings (02)
If you could reconfigure the universe where
would you begin? A group of young people
from different worlds begin to rearrange the
sky in a new multimedia performance work
employing bodies, images, sound and
language to navigate the complex terrain of
sexuality and culture. Constellations is part
of the New Mardi Gras young emerging
artists program, featuring Sarah Jane
Norman directed by Karen Therese.
Constellations, March 3-6 at PACT Youth
Theatre, Erskineville. $15/$10, bookings
(02) 9550 2744.
From left to right: Constellations, All the
Things I Would Never Tell You and
The Children's Hour
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