A SORDID TALE OF SEX AND BETRAYAL
ACTOR Jeffrey Watkins has found himself mixed up in a world of sex, dishonesty and betrayal.
It is all part of his latest role at the Old Mill Theatre in South Perth as strangers become lovers and lovers become strangers.
Written by Patrick Marber and directed by Trevor Dhu, Closer explores the raw nerve of pain that comes with the territory of love as the romantic lives of four characters intertwine in contemporary London.
Over four years, Dan, Alice, Larry and Anna pursue their own desires as lives collide and fates change in an instant, with each character crossing the line between love and sex and then lust.
Watkins plays Dan, someone he described as a childish, hopeless romantic.
“He likes to believe he is a dashing ladies’ man but he has some growing up to do,” he said.
“Sometimes he can come off looking like an a***hole and he doesn’t really show a
appealed because the characters are all flawed with extreme dynamics. They flip between being likeable to detestable quickly. lot of regret for his choices, initially.”
Watkins started performing in the early 1990s with Stirling Theatre and has since appeared with the Graduate Dramatic Society, Playlovers and the Old Mill, Melville and Garrick Theatres, as well as professional companies such as Herding Cats Productions.
“Closer appealed because the characters are all flawed, with extreme Watkins said.
“They flip between being likeable to detestable very quickly.”
Director Trevor Dhu said Closer was like watching life through a voyeuristic point of view and sharing in the sex, lust and loss.
“Everyone loses – one character doesn’t want to have a relationship again and another marries on a premise, not love,” he said.
“Another character disappears, preferring a life of chance, and then someone else ends up alone, regretting a return to mundane life.”
Closer plays at 8pm on June 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25, with 2pm matinees on June 12 and 19.
Tickets are $25, $20 concession; book at oldmilltheatre. com.au/tickets or on 9367 8719.
Be warned that the play features strong language and adult themes.
The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth. dynamics,”
Georgina Hamer, former Melville Theatre performer Jeffrey Watkins, Anna Head and Dylan James are appearing in Patrick Marber’s Closer.