FAC­TION BRINGS ALONG FRIC­TION

Melville Times - - Lifestyle -

WINTHROP res­i­dent Vic­to­ria Dixon is about to find out what hap­pens when a com­mu­nity choir is trapped at gun­point.

The an­swer lies in Kate Rice’s black com­edy The Mozart Fac­tion, di­rected by Siob­han O’Gara at Melville The­atre this April.

A small sub­ur­ban choir, known as The Can­tus For­mo­sus, has been per­form­ing in com­mu­nity halls for lo­cal groups and events for years – but its lat­est re­hearsal comes to an abrupt end.

Wolf has lived next door for the past decade and has fi­nally had enough of their singing so storms in with a gun, de­mand­ing si­lence.

In the siege that fol­lows, Mozart’s Re­quiem gains new mean­ing for all of them as Wolf forces each cho­ris­ter to look death in the eye, bring­ing a range of char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity types and their re­ac­tions into the spot­light.

Dixon plays choir direc­tor Evie Valen­tine.

“She’s com­pletely ego-driven, self­ish, mean and vain,” she said.

“The char­ac­ter is good fun to play and I re­ally like her story.

“The main chal­lenge is singing clas­sic mu­sic in Latin – I have good choir ex­pe­ri­ence but the mu­sic in this play is very dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’ve done for a long time.”

Dixon pre­vi­ously worked with the UK’s The­atre Royal Ply­mouth be­fore mov­ing to Perth a year ago.

She made her WA de­but at Melville The­atre in One Man, Two Gu­vnors in De­cem­ber and is direc­tor of the Australian Mil­i­tary Wives Choir Perth.

O’Gara said the choir in The Mozart Fac­tion rep­re­sented a range of com­mu­nity and the­atre groups peo­ple may have pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced.

The Mozart Fac­tion plays April 8 to 22. Tickets are $20, $15 con­ces­sion. Book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.

Choir mem­bers Evie (Vic­to­ria Dixon) and So­phie (Elouise Martin) face off in The Mozart Fac­tion at Melville The­atre.

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