The game is on and acting out is key.
Abalone’s ambition is high – to win the ultimate prize of a trip to Moscow in The Eisteddfod.
Orphaned after their parents died from a freak tree-pruning accident, the two siblings, Abalone and Gerture, have developed agrophobia. Cloistered in their suburban home, together they play out parodies of suburban dreams and nightmares. Abalone is passionate about amateur dramatics. Gerture, his sister, is waning in her interest of imaginary worlds. Abalone is determined to reignite his sister’s interest and insists they enter an Eisteddfod with their interpretation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In their hallucinatory, heightened childish world, hilarity runs alongside horror as they navigate their way through the shadows cast by loss and yearning in suburban Australia.
In the Eisteddfod, our protagonists transform isolation into play. Anxiety is released into art. We live in anxious times where fear and anxiety are compounded by the need to constantly perform on social media. Artistic expression provides the means to describe traumatic or difficult experiences when language fails. In The Eisteddfod, senses are stimulated in unorthodox ways and space is given to exorcising anxiety.
The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz, a contemporary Australian work, has won a Green Room Award for Best Independent Production and has since had seasons in Sydney, New York and London.
Room to Play presents this suburban absurdist work, comic and disturbing. Role playing takes centre stage as the young protagonists use acting out to understand their world.
Metro Arts LOCAL Performance Season // 14 – 24 March 2018 – Presented by Room To Play & Metro Arts
KEY CREATIVES //
Heidi Manché / Director
Kate Fester / Producer
Desley Martin / Dramaturg
Chelsea Jewell / Production Designer
Amy Holley / Sound Designer
David Walters / Lighting Design
Madison Kennedy-Tucker / Gerture
Matthew James French / Abalone
Clare Mitchell / Marketing Mentor