PULLING NO PUNCHES
SCENES in One Punch Wonder shockingly mirror reality by exploring the senseless act of a “coward punch” and how we can fight the epidemic ruining lives across Australia.
Presented by The Actors’ Hub during Fringe World, One Punch Wonder is part of a series of four shows presented over four weeks by four thirdyear male actors.
Know Your Enemy is about a group of survivors in postapocalyptic Perth; Pool (no water) puts a humorous spotlight on the often unseen side of the acting industry; and Why? explores the lives of Heath Ledger, Robin Williams, Muhammad Ali and Andy Kaufman.
Each play is directed by Balcatta resident Amanda Crewes who leads the cast of four: Christian Tomaszewski, Nicholas Allen, Adam Droppert and Andrew Dunstan, from Yokine.
Crewes said working with an all-male cast was unique and opened up an opportunity to delve into issues such as the coward punch epidemic, with the play stretching the actors’ ability by also having to take on female roles.
“This issue of one punch is such a male-dominated problem but we need to show the mothers and sisters talking about it,” she said.
“The boys play the mothers, they play the sisters and they’re not mocking, they’re taking on that female energy, the mothering, nurturing energy and they’ve got to get to the authentic truth of that.”
Having done extensive research into coward punch assaults, Crewes said she wanted to give the narrative justice after hearing stories from victims, people who support victims and perpetrators.
“The wonderful brave families who spoke to us are so passionate and want it to stop and don’t want anyone to go through what they have been through,” she said.
Director Amanda Crewes with actors Christian Tomaszewski, Nicholas Allen, Adam Droppert and Andrew Dunstan.