Stirling Times - - Seen Stepping Out - Lau­ren Pi­lat

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d478391

Di­rec­tor Amanda Crewes with ac­tors Chris­tian To­maszewski, Nicholas Allen, Adam Drop­pert and An­drew Dun­stan.

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