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October 01, 1993

Vox Populi

Hello Down There !

Junction Theatre Company
Space

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Hello Down There! first played in June this year when Junction presented this remarkable community venture at Theatre 62. Now under the auspices of the Festival Centre Trust’s New Works program it has had a return season in the Space.

It is impossible not to be impressed by the the energy and commitment of this project. With a cast of thirty four, a choir of twelve, a seven …

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September 01, 1993

Hot Tap

Hot Shoe Shuffle
David Atkins Enterprises
Her Majesty’s

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

One of the disappointments about show business at the moment is that almost everything is retro. It is as though we are so lost in a thrall of nostalgia that we have forgotten that when Forty Second Street first appeared in 1933 people walked into the movie theatres and saw images from the streets around them. Similarly, when South Pacific opened in 1949 the war was scarcely over. …

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Icon Tactics

Look at Me When I’m Talking to You
Barry Humphries
Her Majesty’s

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Edna Everage may want our eye contact but it is her unmistakable voice that greets us first in Look at Me When I’m Talking to You. With bridesmaid Madge providing sign translation on a large video screen Edna gives some guidelines for live theatre. We have not been given remote control units because they will not work- this is not television, the actors on …

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Lost Lives

And I’ll Give You All the Diamonds in My Teeth
by Jeanne Mazure
South Australian Writers’ Theatre
Red Shed

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

By coincidence we have recently had two new plays about the life of the mentally ill. But where Louis Nowra’s Cosi settled for comic exoticism, in And I’ll Give You All the Diamonds in My Teeth, South Australian writer Jeanne Mazure has delved deeper. A practising psychologist herself, Mazure has had a long association with her subject …

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Touching on the Truth

Brilliant Lies
by David Williamson
Queensland State Theatre Company
in association with State Theatre Company
Playhouse

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

David Williamson’s recent work has often seemed like a mixture of Ibsen and Ray Cooney. The ethical and social questions in plays like Top Silk and Money and Friends were constantly being short-circuited by broad comedy and one-liners. Complexity, if any developed, was distrusted by the writer. Besides, it might compromise passenger comfort. Much better to give the folks another …

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August 29, 1993

Outside Studies Report

Filed under: Archive,Uncategorized

Murray Bramwell
Lecturer
Drama Discipline
School of Humanities

Duration of Program – 6 May – 27 May, 1993.

The purpose of my travel was to attend two conferences- the NZ SAGAS Conference in Laufen, Germany where I delivered a paper and the EACLALS Triennial Conferenec in Graz, Austria. I also spent several days in Munich prior to travelling to Laufen and five days in Venice, Florence and Rome before returning to Australia.

Itinerary
QANTAS QF 105 Sydney to Frankfurt arriving …

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August 01, 1993

Alimentary

Readings from Conan Doyle
Amazing Holmes Company
The Polo Club, Union Hotel.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

The Amazing Holmes Company has been amazing audiences for ten years. Founded by Kelvin Harman and John Kelly they have taken their readings of Conan Doyle to audiences all around South Australia as well as holding sessions at various venues in town. For the past six performances they have settled into rooms that the company find as agreeable as Baker Street itself – the …

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More Fiesta

Filed under: Archive,Music

Murray Bramwell

Further details have been announced for the Honda Adelaide Music Festival which opens on September 10 – 26. The classical program has already been released and word is that tickets for headliners Roger Woodward and the Australian Chamber Orchestra are already moving fast.

But Fiesta is nothing if not diverse as the just-released Dance and Country programs indicate. The dancers of the Australian Ballet will present a mixed offering of well-known favourites with new work from the younger …

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Noises Off

Cosi
by Louis Nowra
State Theatre Company
with the Red Shed

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

The State Theatre Company in collaboration with the Red Shed Company is combating the winter blues with Louis Nowra’s Cosi, a comedy about a young man’s adventures directing a production of Cosi Fan Tutti with a cast of patients from a mental institution. The situation and theme have plenty of echoes – from Marat Sade and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to recent comedies …

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July 18, 1993

Fiesta-ville

Filed under: Archive,Music

Murray Bramwell

From September 10 -26 Adelaide and environs will be alive with the sound of fiesta. The Honda Adelaide Music Fiesta will be getting into gear on a number of fronts- jazz, country, popular, rock, dance, choral and a broad classical program. There will be a variety of international and interstate performers but the focus for Fiesta is also in showcasing and promoting local talent.

The Music Fiesta originated in 1991 with a festival of more than 140 events …

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