Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Perth Theatre Company - Passionate Season

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Following the posting of my ‘slightly old’ photo and biog on the page, I thought to share some info about PTC’s Passionate season for 2005!

The first show for the season opens next month and is called Tango. It is written by Western Australian writer and actor Elizabeth Spencer and is described as a “fast moving dark comedy”. Our WA writers have been making a huge impact on the national scene with their works being staged around Australia by major theatre companies and toured all around Australia by WA companies like ourselves.

The world premiere of Tango takes place on April 9 at the Rechabites Hall in Northbridge (no, it’s not as scary as the media makes us believe!) and runs until April 30. Just a little taster of the show...

A tango of love and a dance of life, Tango is one woman’s search for the strength to let a man lead.

A fast moving black comedy, Tango is the first show in Perth Theatre Company’s Passionate 2005 Season, and is by PTC Writers’ Lab member Elizabeth Spencer.

Clarissa is a strong woman who is used to getting her own way. She is career minded and attractive, but Clarissa will not let herself love, or be loved. As a woman that has spent her life in the driver’s seat, Clarissa sees love as a weakness that compromises strength and takes away her independence, so why bother?

But when a buried secret from the past comes back to haunt her, the life she thought she was in control of begins to crumble around her. An independent woman with countless choices, Clarissa thought she had an open door to freedom and power, but ironically Tango uncovers that too much choice can provide more dilemmas and less freedom.

Elizabeth Spencer is well known as a Perth actor and has starred in PTC productions such as Mules Foal, The Vagina Monologues, and Face to Face. Tango is Elizabeth’s highly anticipated new work, and was workshopped in 2002 as part of PTC’s Uncut Gems program.

Directed by Jenny Davis (The Chatroom, The Vagina Monologues), Tango brings together some of PTC’s favourite actors including Kirsty Hillhouse (Talk About The Passion, Last Cab To Darwin), Michael Loney (Face to Face, Shadow Of The Eagle), Leanne Page (Lipstick Dreams, Twelfth Night), and Steve Turner (Talk About The Passion, Weekend Breaks) in a play that explores contemporary matters of the heart.

Sometimes, there’s no point crying over spilt red.

Hope to see you there!

Natalie Jenkins
General Manager
Perth Theatre Company
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