Painted Tree is a new Sydney company whose focus is creating new physical theatre/performance poetry works. It consists of two final year NIDA actors, Eleanor Stankiewicz and Benjamin Michael Winckle, as well as recent NIDA playwright grad, Finn O'Branagain.
Their debut work, 2880 Minutes Late, will be performed at the Soul Box as part of the 2013 Adelaide Fringe. The show is completely self devised by these three very talented young theatre makers, with original music by another NIDA third year actor, Michael McStay.
From the artists themselves: "This is a show for people with first butterflies, scorned lovers, and those with footprints on their heart. For doe-eyed romantics and guilty heartbreakers. For lovers of language and skin under soft light."
[ADVERT]The work documents every feeling we go through in a relationship, body and soul. It is a non-linear story, two voices deconstructing the internal workings of a relationship from young love to whatever it may hold. A very personal story made very public.
Poetry is not what we were taught in our English class at high school. Finn's work explores love, both lost and found, dangerous, incredible, powerful. It is missed connections, isolation. In a world of technology, the work speaks to loss of human interaction and feeling out of sync.
2880 Minutes Late is an intimate piece of theatre, showcasing the intimacy of the human condition. Featuring both solo and duet dialogue, pedestrian and highly stylised movement, the artists effortlessly blend physical theatre and performance poetry.
As well as the Adelaide Fringe season, the trio will be performing this wonderful piece as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival and the NIDA Student Festival. They also hope to be a part of the Queensland Poetry Festival and the Village Festival in Melbourne.
They have a Pozible page www.pozible.com/project/12436, which, as this is being written, reached it's target, but if you can, please donate to these incredibly talented students/grads so that their work can reach more people.
I was lucky enough to watch a developmental showing of 2880 Minutes late recently, and I was blown away with what they had created, especially as Finn is currently in Queensland and both Ben and Eleanor have a rigorous class schedule.
If you are in Adelaide this Fringe season, this is a must see show. And when the show hits the Sydney Fringe circuit, I will be reminding you all to go to that.