Hopes festival will dramatically affect Subi
THE Subiaco Theatre Festival will kick off tomorrow, bringing four local theatre companies to the Subiaco Arts Theatre stage.
The festival, which is in its third year, will give local artists a chance to showcase their talent on stage.
City of Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson said the festival would add life to Subiaco.
“Subiaco Arts Centre has a long history as a cultural hub for the Subiaco community and this festival is going to bring plenty of art, visitors and life to Subiaco,” she said.
“The City of Subiaco is pleased to partner with the Subiaco Theatre Festival to support the work of emerging actors and producers.”
The festival will include the winner of best performance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, FAG/STAG, the award-winning play I (Honestly) Love You by Damon Lockwood, Moving On Inc. by Lost Boys Theatre and Coincidences At The End of Time by Second Chance Theatre.
The festival will also be collaborating with seven local businesses to offer the taste of Subiaco to theatregoers.
Whisk Creamery manager Simone Nelva said he was looking forward to the festival. “We were approached by the organisers to partner with the festival and we were excited to take part,” he said.
“I think the festival will be positive for Subiaco and bring a lot more people into the area.”
The Subiaco Theatre Festival will run from June 8 to July 2. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketek.
THEATRE maker Jeffrey Jay Fowler loves a play to be entertaining while also offering food for thought and believes all four productions programmed in Subiaco Theatre Festival follow this ethos.
His production FAG/STAG will open Subiaco Theatre Festival this week at Subiaco Arts Centre, with the festival on until July 2.
Written and performed with Chris Isaacs, the play was produced by independent theatre company The Last Great Hunt and premiered at Fringe World 2015 before seasons interstate.
“It can be hard to be heard in the crowd during Fringe World and people might be looking for something different then,” Fowler said.
“With an independent theatre festival there is more focus on the craft of theatre itself and having something with a lot of substance in it. I’m excited about bringing it back to Perth after we debuted the work here; we were very unsure of it and nervous and had no idea if people would think it was lewd or offensive or too aggressive, and instead of that they have let themselves into the work and let us into their heads.”
FAG/STAG follows a simple premise where two male best friends, Corgan and Jimmy, receive an invitation to another of their friend’s wedding.
For one guy it is his long term ex-girlfriend and for the other, who now identifies as gay, it’s the first and only girl he ever dated.
“It’s about all the stuff guys do, like get too drunk, play lawn bowls, play video games and fight with one another, where the topic of the fight is not what they’re really fighting about,” Fowler said.
“Friendship is a tricky thing and the friendship Chris and I have isn’t the friendship presented in the play, but there is something about having a different sexuality to your friend.
“For a lot of my life as a gay guy, I resisted a lot of those friendships or being a little bit scared of straight men, in a strange way.
“FAG/STAG gives you a candid view of what men think, compared to what they say. Part of that is in the depth of the play, but also the humour as well.”
Nicola Bartlett and Amy Johnston from Moving On Inc. and Damon Lockwood of I (Honestly) Love You at Whisk Creamery.
Chris Isaacs and Jeffrey Jay Fowler in FAG/STAG.