In­side the Com­pany

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio There is a rea­son works of lit­er­a­ture are fre­quently set at piv­otal mo­ments — it’s be­cause the story is en­tirely new to both reader and characters. Some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pens tonight in the de­but episode of this smart new se­ries about the in­ner work­ings of some of Aus­tralia’s best known arts com­pa­nies. Cer­tainly Ralph’s Pub­lic Lives ex­plores life be­hind the scenes at Belvoir St The­atre, in Syd­ney’s Surry Hills. But what makes it fas­ci­nat­ing is that it cap­tures the the­atre’s tran­si­tion to the artis­tic di­rec­tor­ship of set de­signer Ralph My­ers as he takes over from Neil Arm­field, who headed the com­pany for 17 years. To start things off with a bang, My­ers is di­rect­ing (and set de­sign­ing) a dar­ing pro­duc­tion of Noel Coward’s Pri­vate Lives in the hope that ‘‘ some­thing in­sane’’ will help set a new di­rec­tion. Next week, Wes­ley Enoch and the Queens­land The­atre Com­pany.

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