HALUSZ AT HELM

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Look Local - Tanya MacNaughton

LIKE many roles Stu­art Halusz has been cast in dur­ing his ca­reer, there seems no bet­ter per­son than him to take on the part of di­rect­ing third-year WAAPA stu­dents in Shake­speare’s last solely writ­ten play The Tem­pest.

“I have al­ways loved this play; I am par­tic­u­larly fond of Shake­speare’s later plays,” Halusz said.

“I’ve directed scenes from it but never the full play, so I was thrilled when asked to di­rect it.

“This pro­duc­tion is very much in­flu­enced by my time at Shake­speare’s Globe in 2001 (where Halusz did an In­ter­na­tional Artis­tic Fel­low­ship).

“Many of the skills, tech­niques and ap­proaches to work­ing on Shake­speare were gleaned from a month’s in­ten­sive work with mas­ters and artists who were mak­ing con­stant dis­cov­er­ies about the plays by per­form­ing them in the space Shake­speare was writ­ing them for, so I was par­tic­u­larly keen to put into prac­tice these tech­niques with a large cast on a thrust stage.”

Halusz, who is Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany’s as­so­ciate di­rec­tor, has re­turned to his old stamp­ing ground at WAAPA and is also teach­ing Shake­speare mas­ter­classes to sec­ond-year act­ing stu­dents.

He said The Tem­pest was mag­i­cal re­al­ism at its best and a fan­tas­ti­cal play where char­ac­ters were forced out of their com­fort zones and went through a process of moral and spir­i­tual change.

“It cov­ers a lot of big themes: love, re­venge, for­give­ness, pen­i­tence, ser­vil­ity and power strug­gles,” Halusz said.

“And it’s re­ally funny. As with all great plays we learn much

about hu­man na­ture, and I hope to also ex­plore the magic of theatre and in­ven­tive sto­ry­telling.

“This is a play for all ages, for lovers of Shake­speare and new­com­ers alike, keen to ex­pe­ri­ence the last play solely writ­ten by ar­guably the great­est play­wright ever to put quill to pa­per.”

The pro­duc­tion will be per­formed out­doors in State Theatre Cen­tre of WA’s court­yard, a venue as close as pos­si­ble to Shake­speare Globe Theatre.

En­try is free and seat­ing un­re­served.

“The out­door space has its acous­tic pe­cu­liar­i­ties and sense of open­ness,” Halusz said.

“I think it ac­tu­ally presents more op­por­tu­ni­ties than ob­sta­cles, es­pe­cially with the ac­tors be­ing able to con­tact the au­di­ence and play off them so much more than you can in a tra­di­tional prosce­nium arch theatre, where you can’t even see them.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d466379

The Tem­pest di­rec­tor Stu­art Halusz with cast mem­bers Laura McDon­ald, Stephanie Somerville and Mitchell Bourke.

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