Expose of depravity
SOAPBOX Theatre’s next production, Mr. Kolpert, is a deliciously dark and depraved controversial comedy that’s sure to get Gold Coast audiences talking.
Written by David Gieselmann, the jetblack comedy received critical acclaim in Sydney, Melbourne and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for its daring storyline.
Mr. Kolpert follows the story of attractive young couple Sarah and Ralf who are looking for some fun.
They invite sombre pair Edith and Bastian over for a dinner party, and to spice things up, Ralf pretends the dead body of his colleague, Mr. Kolpert, is stashed in their trunk.
But maybe Ralf is not pretending after all. Starring Carly Rees and Sean Curran as Sarah and Ralf and Sara Hayson and Jimmy Odenbreit as Edith and Bastian, Mr. Kolpert is directed by Stuart Lumsden.
Lumsden says this play is not for the faint hearted as audiences are led through a series of games, twists and turns that inevitably hurtle into chaos.
Mr. Kolpert dares to reveal the darker side of human nature and then has the nerve to laugh at it, often in obscenely graphic detail.
‘‘ Mr. Kolpert is a wicked expose of society’s lustful appetite for violence which in turn is replicated in much of today’s media whether it be film, television or video games,’’ Lumsden says.
The production is part of the Arts Centre’s inaugural Independent Season, which showcases four independent theatre productions and three work-inprogress initiatives.
The season opened in May with Mixtape Theatre Collective’s quirky comedy Escape from the Breakup Forest. Awkward Productions’ will follow Soapbox in August with the wickedly dark comedy Un Natural Selection before the season finishes in November with the comedy The Grand by Victoria Carless, by White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble.
Mr. Kolpert plays The Space, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, from July 11 to July 20. Call 5588 4000 to book.
Carly Rees, Mark Stanley and Sean Curren (back) in