Family drama unfurls
THE Arts Centre Gold Coast hosts a free public reading of Tabula Rasa in The Space today. Produced by Monette Lee and presented by Purple Pear Productions, Tabula Rasa is one of the three works-in-progress for the inaugural 2013 Independent Season. Written in the 1990s by Shella Duncan and shortlisted for the George Landed Dann award in 1999, it is as yet unperformed, so any future production will be a world premiere. The title Tabula Rasa means to wipe the slate clean. It is about a family, miscommunications and the ensuing drama that affects them all. Set on the Sunshine Coast in the late 1980s, when homosexuality is still illegal, the story involves death, a will, human dissatisfaction, sexuality, drug addiction, real estate and old family squabbles. It has four rich, flawed, well-written characters – a mother in her late 60s, her two estranged adult children in their 40s and the male business partner (and lover) of the recently deceased Dad. All are embroiled in an attempt at some sort of resolution for themselves or each other after the funeral. The piece has been undergoing residency/rehearsals with Steve Gration in the director’s chair and an experienced cast led by Val Lehman and Lee as the mother and daughter, Scott Brewer as the drug and yoga addicted son/brother and Steven Tandy as the deceased’s partner.
The free public reading of Tabula Rasa plays The Space, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, today at 4pm.