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AFTERPLAY at Paddington Substation

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by May (subscribe)
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Published October 14th 2015
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Paddington Substation is a Heritage listed former tramway substation situated at 150 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington, inner west Brisbane City. The building remained in service until the phasing out of Brisbane's trams in the late 60's, and for many years since has been the site for vintage markets, as well as continuing as an art gallery.

This quirky building has recently been transformed into an intimate performance space for independent theatre with the debut of AFTERPLAY, written by Irish dramatist, Brian Friel.
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Directed by Heidi Manche of Room To Play, AFTERPLAY revisits the lives of two characters: Sonya, Uncle Vanya's dutiful niece and Audrey, the downtrodden intellectual brother of the The Three Sisters created by Chekhov over 100 years agoj. From two different fictional backgrounds we meet them again after twenty years, when their characters meet by chance at a late night cafe in Moscow during the 1920's

OK. Stop right there. There is no need to be intimidated by this. Prior knowledge of Chekhov's work is not a prerequisite.

On a basic level this is a tale of two people crossing paths in a cafe and sharing stories. On a deeper level it's about the stories that we choose to share and how we share them.

Emma Skelton plays Sonya and Wayne Bassett , Audrey, in this sixty minute, one act play.

Look , I'm no theatre critic, though I do think it says a great deal when an audience can sit so very still for an hour , hanging off the actors' every word to see what happens next. No whizzbang gadgetry, no flashing lights and thousands of dollars worth of dazzling technology. That is story telling at its best!

Performances are for a few nights only ( last show being Sunday 5 p.m start ) , though The Substation will be launching officially early in 2016 with a full season of local theatrical productions.

Live productions at The Substation are a win for the locals, and a win for Brisbanites alike. Its proximity to the city, and the abundance of restaurants and hotels, makes it a very viable destination with friends after a day at work ,or play, in the city.

We enjoyed a pre theatre wine and alfresco Italian tapas available from the onsite cafe, and found all the staff personable, and obviously enjoying what they were doing.

Go and see AFTERPLAY and you too can experience what The Substation promises in the new year.

Dates : Thursday 15th October - Sunday 18th October
Show times : 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday
5pm Sunday
Doors open : 1 hour before show time for drinks, nibbles and live music
Tickets : $25-00 or $20-00 concession. Groups also attract a discount.
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Why? Be entertained, have a laugh, enjoy a night out
When: 7:30 p.m Thurs- Sat 5 p.m Sunday
Phone: Lynda Buckley 0439 639 139
Where: 150 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington
Cost: $25.00 Full Concession $20.00 Group disc
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