Archive for 'Brag 462 (May 14)'
For many of us, doing theatresports for drama class was sort of a high-school rite of passage; but the Theatresports National Championships takes that classroom experience to a whole, manic new level – a boisterous night when the best improv comedians from around the country come together to battle it out in teams. “We have group of incredibly experienced players,” MC (and former contestant-slash-champion) Rebecca De Unamuno tells me. “They make it seem effortless when it’s actually really pretty tricky to do well. It’s great to watch them play – the level of characterisation and the level of storytelling is incredible.”
A woman with an exuberant Australian accent has picked up the phone. “Oh my god!” She laughs, “Sorry, can you just wait – can you just give me like two seconds while I put some clothes on?” She giggles. “Sorry I’m on Adelaide time, I thought I had another hour! Just one sec – I’ve got to find a top…”
Melita Rowston began writing plays at art school. “I actually started out as a painter,” she tells me. “I went to the Victorian College of the Arts, and started hanging out with actors and seeing a lot of plays; I wanted to tell stories in my paintings, but I realised I could tell better, more detailed stories if I put them on stage.” Over a decade later, Rowston has carved out a reputation for writing theatre with a distinctly Australian voice – and Crushed, playing at New Theatre this month, is no exception.
“We’re all going to get greased up after this,” announces Johnny Depp, a cheeky smirk obscured by his famously disheveled hair. “We’re going to take some psychedelics, grease up and get in the pool. You’re all welcome to come.”
Posted: May 23rd, 2012 under Arts, Arts Feature, Brag 462 (May 14), Film Reviews.
Tags: Alicia Malone, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dark Shadows, Eva Green, Film, Film Review, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tim Burton, Vampire
In his latest Tim Burton collaboration, Johnny Depp skewers his dreamboat rep (and apparent intransience – the guy turns 49 in a month!), playing Barnabas Collins, an affluent, Georgian-era cad turned vampire. Damned by the lovesick witch Angelique (Eva Green) to eternal life as a cadaverous blood-sucker when he affiances the virginal Josette (Bella Heathcote), he is entombed for two centuries, then, quite by accident, exhumed into the chintzy-glam world of small-town America, 1972, where he finds his lineage dwindled, the grand family estate languishing in near-ruin, and – gasp! – Angelique, nattily pants-suited and working overtime to ensure the Collins’ decline.
Posted: May 23rd, 2012 under Arts, Brag 462 (May 14), Film Reviews.
Tags: Bella Heathcote, Dark Shadows, Film, Film Reviews, Gerard Elson, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tim Burton