The play’s the thing

The Saturday Paper - - Diary -

By this stage the prosce­nium arch is sway­ing dan­ger­ously and could come crash­ing down on the Ge­of­frey Rush defama­tion case, caus­ing cast and crew to scat­ter for cover.

Some­one must have told the ac­tor what a great idea it was to en­ter the lion’s den of lit­i­ga­tion and sue the pants off The Daily Smel­lo­graph for al­leg­ing he was a “per­vert and sex­ual preda­tor”.

The plot has the na­tion en­thralled. Lead­ing thes­pi­ans have gone on stage to pro­claim Rush’s great­ness and pu­rity. They never saw any way­ward be­hav­iour, even when their eyes were glued to the stage. In some in­stances, text mes­sages in­clud­ing those with tongue-out emo­jis and other en­dear­ments seemed to con­tra­dict the ver­bal tes­ti­mony.

Ac­tress Eryn Jean Norvill ap­peared un­shaken in the face of heavy- weather cross-ex­am­i­na­tion. More wit­nesses have been lurk­ing in the wings.

This is theatre where the direc­tors and per­form­ers have lost con­trol over the play. The script is sup­posed to fo­cus on rep­u­ta­tion, for as the Bard says: “The purest treasure mor­tal times af­ford is spot­less rep­u­ta­tion – that away, men are but gilded loam or painted clay.”

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