4x4x4
Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: 4x4x4

19 Jan – 17 Feb @ The Actors’ Hub, East Perth ·
Presented by the Actors’ Hub ·

A team of actors is testing its mettle four nights a week over the next month by performing a different show each night. In 4x4x4, the same team from The Actors’ Hub will perform four separate 60-minute shows during Fringe World – four nights, four shows, across four weeks.

Director Amanda Crewes described it as an amazing challenge for the actors.

Implied Consent gives a 360-degree perspective on what people believe consent is, giving an often harrowing exploration as to how they imply it. “The challenge was creating a piece that is both entertaining and truthful to the devastating impact this issue has on us culturally,” Crewes said.

In L’Appel Du Vide, the actors use physical theatre and Jacques Lacoq basel masks to explore different stages of life and how the relationships we form, and connections we yearn for, are impacted by things we think we want. Crewes described it as otherworldly and a rare opportunity to see basel masks being used in Perth theatre. “The story is told through movement only so we spent a lot of time making sure the physical storytelling was clear,” she said.

The Les Darcy Show is a high octane, action-packed piece featuring dancing and fighting set in the early 1900s, focusing on the short but incredibly full life of the Australian boxing legend. Called the Maitland Terror, Darcy won 52 of his 56 fights and was crowned middleweight champion of the world – all before his tragic end in 1917 at the tender age of 21. “The actors have had to master Irish dances and physical boxing,” Crewes said. “They have to throw a punch – and a good one at that! “It has rich and gritty Aussie, Irish and American characters and, at its core, it’s a celebration.”

Steve Irwin and Dame Edna Everage are brought to life in An Evening with… as they explore the question: who is the ultimate Australian? In a style reminiscent of Have You Been Paying Attention?, both characters battle it out as they talk sex, politics and religion. “We wanted to honour these characters everyone knows so well while saying something about divisive thinking,” Crewes said.

4x4x4 plays 7.30pm January 19 to February 17 with Implied Consent on
January 19, 25, February 2, 10 & 14; L’Appel Du Vide on January 20 & 26,
February 1, 7 & 17; An Evening with.. on January 24, February 3, 8 & 16
and The Les Darcy Show on January 27, 31, February 9 & 15.

Book at: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/4x4x4-fw2019
Please note: the plays feature occasional coarse language, sexual
and drug references and violence.

The Actors’ Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.

More info:
https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/4x4x4-fw2019

Pictured: Glenn Wallis, centre, tries to find shelter from life in L’Appel Du Vide.

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Implied Consent
August 18, Calendar, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Implied Consent

17 – 18 August @ The Actors’ Hub ·
Presented by: The Actors’ Hub ·

DO WE pretend we don’t understand consent to push our own agendas – or are we genuinely confused?

It’s a question explored in Implied Consent at The Actors’ Hub, after more than 50 interviews were conducted with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

“The show gives a 360-degree perspective on what people believe consent is, giving an often harrowing exploration as to how they imply it,” director Amanda Crewes said.  “Many were nervous to talk about it – Implied Consent presents challenging and diverse perspectives on where the line sits in such a grey area.  We take this unvoiced issue and, through real people’s stories, show how implying consent to the small things can spiral out of control.  This insidious epidemic needs to be taken back to the basics of care, compassion and tolerance.”

Implied Consent is the second in a trilogy of plays from The Actors’ Hub exposing a culture that needs to be redefined, following the subject of coward punches in One Punch Wonder. All use the genre of verbatim theatre, using the exact words of people interviewed.

“The actors aim to give as accurate a representation of the interviewees as possible,” Crewes said.  “It’s always a challenge to present the material in a way that is engaging, especially given the subject matter can get quite heavy at times.  We want to do justice to all sides of the argument, so all the stories need to be told.   But how do you tell the big stories delicately and the small ones richly without distorting the truth in any way?”

Crewes said the idea of using theatre to demand cultural change – and the possibility of Implied Consent starting that change – excited her.  “We have allowed ourselves to be drawn into technologically-induced isolation to a point where we have forgotten how to relate to each other, perhaps even forgotten what it means to be human,” she said.  “Theatre is the best place to explore that because we go to see and understand ourselves to make sense of what is going on around us.”

Implied Consent plays at 7pm August 17 and 18. Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at http://www.trybooking.com/XGVH.
The Actors’ Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.

More info: http://www.trybooking.com/XGVH

Pictured:
Tyler Lindsay-Smith, left, Justin Gray and Quintus Olsthoorn explore unvoiced issues in Implied Consent.

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