Scenes from a Mar­riage rates as a tour de force from real-life cou­ple Ben Win­spear and Marta Dus­sel­dorp, rais­ing a plethora of home truths

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - KATE PETERS

In the open­ing scene of Scenes from a Mar­riage last week, a full house (850 peo­ple) wit­nessed Mar­i­anne (Marta Dus­sel­dorp) and Jo­han (Ben Win­spear) be­ing in­ter­viewed for a fash­ion­able women’s mag­a­zine about their idyl­lic mar­riage. Skip ahead. The pub­lic im­age of their mar­riage be­gins to crum­ble. For the next 90 min­utes, the au­di­ence laugh, gasp and squirm as the “sto­ry­book” mar­riage breaks down. Many of the emo­tions could be real for so many ... either di­rectly, or through an ac­quain­tance. The clev­erly writ­ten script is so be­liev­ably de­liv­ered by this real-life cou­ple. Do three cur­tain calls say what the au­di­ence thought? I rec­om­mend at­tend­ing. Lo­cally, the big open­ing was GCLT’s Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors di­rected by Brady Watkins. A large au­di­ence en­joyed the small cast an­tics of the man-eat­ing plant and the ad­ven­tures of the florist shop staff whose for­tunes rise as it be­comes the rage of Skid Row. The pro­duc­tion was fast-paced and well sung, with some in­ter­est­ing new faces on stage. To book call 5532 2096. As this col­umn goes to print, the fi­nal­ists in this year’s Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards will have been an­nounced. As with all awards, there will pre­dictably be dis­con­tent and dis­agree­ment about fi­nal­ists nom­i­nated. I would once again, urge theatre lovers to make the ef­fort to see pro­duc­tions other than the ones they ap­pear in – there are some fan­tas­tic shows be­ing staged out­side the cen­tral Gold Coast area, fea­tur­ing some spec­tac­u­lar tal­ent. The awards will en­ter their 10th year in 2018 and some changes will be an­nounced. This year the Fi­nal­ists’ Cock­tail Party will be held on De­cem­ber 12 on the Ca­lypso Ter­race at the QT Ho­tel, with the pre­sen­ta­tion night in the Par­adise Room at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. The QT has of­fered an at­trac­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion rate for the awards pre­sen­ta­tion night on De­cem­ber 12 – call the ho­tel’s groups reser­va­tion­ist Ni­cole Tay­lor on 5584 1200. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now is GCLT’s Bar­maids and Spot­light Youth Theatre’s Cur­tains. Cur­rently play­ing is Javeen­bah’s Ob­ses­sion, GCLT’s Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors, Ban­ga­low Theatre Com­pany’s Chicago, Bal­lina Play­ers’ Mary Pop­pins, Tu­gun Theatre’s The Naked Truth and Red­cliffe Mu­si­cal Theatre’s The Ad­dams Fam­ily. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Real-life cou­ple Ben Win­spear and Marta Dus­sel­dorp star in Scenes from a Mar­riage.

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