Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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