SHOW REVEALS A FAMILY IN CRISIS
Javeenbah Theatre Company kicks off its year with a raw, honest portrayal of a motherdaughter relationship sure to move audiences
The new year is finally underway with new shows hitting the Gold Coast. This weekend Javeenbah Theatre Company opens its 2017 season with the emotionally charged Night, Mother. Audiences will meet a mother and daughter who appear normal to the outside world, but the thing about life – and so too its reflection in art – is that the norm is usually anything but. Jessie begins the play by calmly informing her mother Thelma that she will that night be taking her own life, then steadily sets about preparing to do just that. With just the two women in the house, there begins a conversation of emotional honesty that critics have praised for its authentic mother-daughter dialogue and unflinching depiction of a family in crisis. As we travel into the night with the women, we watch them peel the layers of their relationship and confront the emptiness each feels in her own way. Night, Mother runs from tomorrow until February 11 at Javeenbah Theatre on the corner of Ferry and Stevens streets in Nerang. Buy tickets at javeenbah.org.au or call 5596 0300. Other shows in final rehearsal weeks are Spotlight Theatre’s Saturday Night Fever, Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Back to the 80s and Tugun Theatre’s Wait Until Dark. Inveterate party organiser Doreen Hinton tells us that she has more tickets available for a charity performance of Saturday Night Fever on February 19 at 2pm. For more information, call Spotlight Theatre on 5539 4255. Matt Ward’s Greenroom Project Monday night starring Marina Prior was the culmination of a two-day workshop then a day with the diva who acted as mentor. All 14 aspiring stars performed a solo number with introductory patter – several showing huge potential. The only downside for me was the choice in some cases of totally ageinappropriate songs. A 12-year- old singing about life being hard and relationships going sour just doesn’t ring true – perhaps more assistance in the search for the right song is needed. Two of the young stars of the current production of Matilda at QPAC (who are coincidentally students with Matt Ward) performed on the night, showing prodigious talent. Leading lady Prior then sang a duet with Matt and another blockbuster song – showing that she is still one of the finest music theatre and opera vocalists in the country today. The evening was a good example of what’s available for young artists on the Gold Coast at the moment, presented in a professional and pleasant venue. The musical direction and accompaniment by Brad Rush was superlative. Auditions coming up include those on February 5 at Gold Coast Little Theatre for Crown Matrimonial, the story of the Abdication of Edward VIII through the eyes of his mother, Queen Mary. Roles as the King, the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of York are open. Another audition is Tweed Theatre’s Broadway Blockbusters in Concert on February 12. Norfolk Amateur Theatrical Society are holding Norfolk Island Theatre Festival in September/October this year, and everyone is invited. There’s a very good travel and accommodation package available, and groups are invited to perform a 20-minute one-act play to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event. There’s $1000 prize money and many other awards. Go to norfolkislandtravelcentre.com See you in a crowded foyer!
Del Halpin and Amy McDonald are the two stars of Javeenbah Theatre's Night, Mother.