Short Play Mache is four new short plays by cast and crew members of the Burnside Players and Never Ender Productions led by Marcel Blanch-de Wilt acted out by seven members of the aforementioned groups. Not much I think connected the plays, a nonsensical noir spoof, a drug deal that goes wrong in an airport, a layabout struggling to pay the rent and an old pensioner dealing with a white faced new neighbour, not that it much mattered.
From the cast, Aaron Nash’s McFarley was his strongest role as too was Carli Lewis’ Henrietta, both from the first stanza The Leak by Pires Eddy. Roy Phung’s only appearance as the slightly odd pensioner, Sterling, was perhaps the highlight of the evening though Graham Self’s playing of a series of slightly unhinged characters in three of the works, its most consistent.
Getting an audience to embrace local or amateur theatre is always a challenge. The combination of young actors, perhaps even more inexperienced directors and four new works all from the same sources was at best ambitious though I did like the glasses worn by the all girl band that accompanied the action on the stage. A less diffused approach to material and roles i think would be of benefit.
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