Ad­vice, good and bad

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya Macnaughton

THE un­pre­dictable na­ture of cre­ativ­ity can take the­atre mak­ers on an un­ex­pected jour­ney.

This has cer­tainly been true for The Last Great Hunt col­lec­tive be­hind new work The Ad­vi­sors.

“The Ad­vi­sors is a show about all the ad­vice you need and all the ad­vice you don’t need or want,” co-writer and per­former Arielle Gray said.

“It’s kind of about the fact that we as a so­ci­ety take it upon our­selves to ad­vise oth­ers and tell peo­ple what to do, how they should be, how they should par­ent, how they should be a woman, how they should be a man. It’s look­ing at all of those things and tak­ing it to the ex­treme. We ac­tu­ally started de­vel­op­ing a show about what women get told to do and all of these other things just started pour­ing out; all these other forms of ad­vice that didn’t fit in that cat­e­gory.

“It ex­panded and ex­panded un­til we re­alised the show wanted to be about all of the ad­vice that we all get all the time, telling us how to live and how to be.”

Di­rected by Gita Bezard, The Ad­vi­sors was co-writ­ten by Bezard and all five per­form­ers – Gray, Jef­frey Jay Fowler, Chris Isaacs, Frieda Lee and Mararo Wan­gai.

Gray said she en­joyed the writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause it was dif­fer­ent to the way she usu­ally worked.

“We started do­ing writ­ing ex­er­cises where we’d choose a theme and then free-write,” she said.

“There’s been lots of amaz­ing stuff that come out of that. Then we’ve all gone away with dif­fer­ent sec­tions and ar­ranged five peo­ple’s dif­fer­ent writ­ing into one theme.

“From there Gita took the script, put it al­to­gether and did the fi­nal edit.

“It’s quite amaz­ing be­cause when you read through it, you can’t re­ally re­mem­ber who wrote what and it’s lovely how the voices have all merged to­gether into one voice.”

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