Review: A Tender Thing – Full Circle Theatre at Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

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Of course I loved it. There's very little not to love about an intelligent, heart-felt play, fine performances, and sensitive direction in a space that seems so absolutely tailor-made for this show. Brisbane Powerhouse's Visy Theatre is an intimate, welcoming space where the audience is never far from the on-stage action and A Tender ThingBen Power's play (originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company) fits it like a glove. Linda Davey directs Flloyd Kennedy and Michael Croome as the contemporary, 60-something, star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet who are living in blissful, loving retirement on a coast somewhere. Their love is, indeed, tender. The tides lap and wash the days as they pass - Scott Norris provides the soundscape design and Daniel Anderson lights the bedroom and surrounds of Romeo and Juliet's beachside house - a beautiful design by Freddy Komp augmented by AV from mk2. As Time - that old enemy - passes, their love, deeper than ever, is challenged by changing circumstances. I don't wish to spoil the key event for audiences; it came as a shock to me and I think the play is more powerful when it works on audiences who are unsuspecting. I love plays that wrong-foot you so ingeniously ... Continue reading Review: A Tender Thing – Full Circle Theatre at Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

Flloyd Kennedy (Interview 3)

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Brisbane has the right to a healthy layer of DIY theatre - partially supported and encouraged, venue or company based - in professional, independent companies that evolve.  People need to be empowered to work outside the prevalent bureaucratic funding model. My passion is theatre where performers do their thing - performers in an empty room - not big sets and costume stuff.  Then the audience brings its own life, energy and imagination to it; that's the kind of theatre I love - that's fringe.
I spoke a little while back with Flloyd Kennedy actor, blogger, voice-coach, theatre-maker and enthusiast.  She's so committed to the importance of theatre-making that she (initially) single-handedly organised the inaugural one-day Bits Festival of fringe theatre held in Brisbane last November.  I was intrigued by the concept and keen to talk with Flloyd about what brought her to do such an extraordinary thing - creating a fringe festival event from scratch is hardly for the faint of heart, but then that's not a label that would stick long to Flloyd.
... there is still not the opportunity here for audiences to experience new ideas or for rough, raw, experimental work to get a first showing. There's still a missing layer.. Continue reading Flloyd Kennedy (Interview 3)