Hopes fes­ti­val will dra­mat­i­cally af­fect Subi

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Tanya Mac­Naughton

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d455147

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.

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