In Brief

IN BRIEF: The Tempest & The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini

Content | Laura Money

The Tempest | Black Swan State Theatre Company | Octagon Theatre, UWA

With a simple yet striking set designed by Zoe Atkinson, The Tempest removes Shakespeare from the past and realises his work as a timeless piece of art that encompasses all time. Comprising of sand and song, Directors Matt Edgerton and Libby Klysz breathe life into the dusty pages and create a living, moving, and musical play heaving with dynamism. Movement and music play an integral role in this intelligent and poignant adaptation which is played with subtlety and reverence by the apt cast of Perth acting gems. If you’ve never seen Shakespeare before and aren’t sure what to expect, go and see The Tempest and you’ll be cradled through the storm of your first experience.

The acting is brilliant, unpretentious and natural, the set and movement stylised to create both a frenzied storm and moments of contemplation. A very fitting finale for Black Swan State Theatre Company‘s 30th anniversary season.

The Tempest is playing at Octagon Theatre UWA until 11th December 2021. TICKETS

The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini | Ian Michael | The Blue Room Theatre

Presenting a hard-hitting, pacy tale of murder and domestic violence, director Ian Michael delivers a gut punch through three strong women’s interpretations of Angus Cerini‘s words in The Bleeding Tree. Narrated by Karla Hart (Noongar), Ebony McGuire (Noongar) and Abbie-Lee Lewis (Kalkadoon) this gripping story is equal parts terrifying and hilarious but all thrilling. Set against a backdrop of fresh lattice with a single uprooted rose, the three women expertly regale you with their story of revenge after years of abuse at the hands of a father and husband. They intertwine singsong inflection, comedic timing, and perfect character quotes all with a bush poet’s lilt hearkening back to a past that was often depicted as idyllic but we all know that it was tainted. It’s as much a metaphor for Aboriginal rights and how enough is enough as it is about domestic relationships.

The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini doesn’t pull any punches, so be aware that it is not afraid to tackle difficult topics. The three women are powerful and each give a strong performance, each bringing a different nuance to their character. This is important theatre.

The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini is on at The Blue Room Theatre until 11th December 2021. TICKETS

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