Drawn to the strug­gle


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Fringe World Festival - Laura Pond

HER own strug­gle with moth­er­hood is part of what at­tracted Perth play­wright Suzanne In­gel­brecht to The List, which she will di­rect at Perth’s Fringe World Fes­ti­val this month.

In­gel­brecht heard about the play through the artis­tic di­rec­tor of a lo­cal the­atre company while at Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe.

“She emailed a copy of it to me and I read it and was im­me­di­ately cap­ti­vated… the sub­ject mat­ter for me was per­son­ally en­tic­ing be­cause it was about a woman who was strug­gling with moth­er­hood and that’s some­thing I’ve per­son­ally strug­gled with my­self,” she said.

“So I im­me­di­ately felt em­pa­thy for this very com­plex woman character and the play just cap­ti­vated me and I thought, ‘oh golly, I would love to put this on’.”

Writ­ten by Cana­dian play­wright Jen­nifer Trem­blay, The List fol­lows a woman, played by ac­tor Gemma Cavoli, as she in­ter­weaves the telling of how her friend Caro­line died with the de­tails of her on­go­ing list of things she must do for her home and fam­ily.

“Trem­blay’s play has been beau­ti­fully struc­tured,” In­gel­brecht said.

“It’s re­ally so sim­ple in form and character de­vel­op­ment that all we have to do is let the words sing for them­selves.”

In­gel­brecht said she was ex­cited about be­ing a part of Fringe World Fes­ti­val and was clear about what she wanted au­di­ences to take away from The List.

“I want my au­di­ence to em­pathise with the woman they’re watch­ing in front of them who moves through a whole range of dif­fer­ent emo­tions,” she said.

“I want them to feel that com­plex­ity and to walk out of the the­atre space think­ing to them­selves, ‘wow I’ve just watched a re­ally fan­tas­tic per­for­mance and it’s got me think­ing about life, fam­ily life, moth­er­hood, friend­ship, the way that we ne­glect our friends’… just get peo­ple think­ing.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Suzanne In­gel­brecht di­rects TheList, a play in this year’s Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

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