Art & Design
Posted by Carla Sammut
27. Jul, 2011
Whenever I think of David Mamet I think of words, exquisitely placed words. Words like objects of art, real physical three-dimensional objects that ignite a trail of recognition and emotion. You hold them, roll them around in your palms, you can smell them.
Theatre for me is not just the subject matter, the staging, how well it is performed – it’s also trying to understand why certain plays are picked for a production, what is the motivation? Current cultural climate and money is the answer most of the time, though in every schedule there are a few thrown in for the love, the experience. This is why 5pound Theatre is inherently exciting to me they seem to be operating from a place of intense emotional curiosity.
In their latest production, David Mamet’s The Woods, a young couple go away to the woods where their relationship eventually unravels. Staged in the massive double-fronted terrace house that is the Owl and the Pussycat, the actual theatre lies in one of the many rooms upstairs. It’s a magical feeling entering someone’s space where every detail has been poured over, driven by love and devotion.
The staging, acting, sound and lighting are all excellent – the two performers, Hannah Norris and Jason Cavanagh, completely immersed in their roles. David Mamet is for word nerds and bookish types. 5pound Theatre is for people who love theatre in the truest sense of the word. It’s only on for the next four nights. Go.
The Woods plays at The Owl and the Pussycat
34 Swan St, Richmond (opposite Richmond Station)
July 27 – 30
7.30pm arrival for 8pm show