A touch of whimsy goes a long way

By Donna Duggan

Donna Duggan spends a memorable evening at the Sydney Theatre Company and remembers why theatre is good for the soul. MiNDFOOD reports.

Earlier in the week I met with Tim McKeough, the Media Relations Manager at the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) to discuss their program for the rest of the year.  They have some very exciting performances coming up including The Threepenny Opera with Paul Capsis (cabaret singer extraordinaire) and Bloodland, which is being produced in association with the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

At the end of the meeting Tim invited me to attend a preview performance of Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness, which I accepted wholeheartedly.

The performance was last night and wow, what a memorable evening. As a preview, it was mostly press in attendance and we all met for a drink and snack before the show.  Just before the performance began in walked the fabulous Cate Blanchett, who is the Artistic Director of the STC. As always Cate looked amazing and she gushed excitedly about the performance including the collaboration with fashion house Romance Was Born who provided the flamboyant costumes for the production.

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness was highly entertaining and a good reminder of why the theatre is so very good for the soul. While the overt theme contemplated our alone-ness in the world, it was handled in such a comical way that I left feeling uplifted because no matter how bleak life can be, a little bit of whimsical relief can always lighten the load.

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness by Anthony Neilson runs at the The Wharf theatre until July 23. Director: Sarah Goodes. www.sydneytheatre.com.au

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