Theatre to see in Sydney: Mauritius
Hey Grunge Kids,
Last Friday I was invited to the Australian Premiere, (presented by Sure foot productions) of Theresa Rebeck’s ‘Mauritius’ directed by Richard Cornally. The production is on at New Theatre in Newtown from the 12th-29th July and it’s one not to be missed!
Mauritius is an American narrative of heightened stakes and greed, fuelled by egotistical drive. The plot had the option to be a dry, beige memoir of an envious stamp collector and a feuding sister rivalry. But the lighting and set design, combined with the sublime directorial work forced audience to engage in the dark issues addressed through the minimalistic approach in text.
I especially enjoyed the performance of ‘Mary’ (played by Emma Louise) who doubled as the dialect coach for the flavour-full accent work in the show. It could be as simple as the scratch of her leg or an anxious pull of her finger, but Emma’s naturalism pulled off character Mary’s ‘dying woman’ facade perfectly. I found most of the supporting roles in Mauritius really drove home the plot of the text and truthfully showed the dark side of narcissism in contemporary society, through something as simple as a stamp.
Mauritius was a great demonstration of underlining contemporary issues, hidden amongst people’s lives. A great production which will leave you wondering how much an inverted jenny really costs?
Mauritius is on at New theatre until 29th July, tickets can be purchased at the door or online at: https://newtheatre.org.au/tickets/
A special thanks to Sure Foot Productions, for the opportunity to see such a brilliant production. Check out their website here: http://surefootproductions.com