Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Chasing Yesterday - Melbourne Fringe

Home > Melbourne > Cultural Events | Food and Wine | Literary | Performing Arts | Unusual Events
by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
Television Producer & Photojournalist with a passion for sharing adventures in and around Melbourne, Australia. See my www.youtube.com/user/tmztvaustralia for other adventures. Subscribe to me so I can tell you of upcoming fab things not to miss.
Event: -
To gold token or to not gold token, that is the question
Chasing Yesterday has an intrigue soul searching plot
Chasing Yesterday has an intrigue soul searching plot - Restaurant photos by Tricia Ziemer


Spewing about the Monash Car Park is not the best way to start to wind down and enjoy Melbourne theatre, but this play was still all worth it. Even though I arrived late, the acting was in full swing and superb. I was immediately drawn into the intriguing plot twists. Just three actors held the audience enthralled with a very clever plot and gentle humour.

 Becki Bouchier Director and Writer
Becki Bouchier Director and Writer


The plot was derived by Becki Bouchier (writer/director) along with the actors themselves. The actors are a multicultural lot with backgrounds from Argentina, Singapore, Ireland, Lebanon, Scotland, Britain and Australia, all coming together to create this inclusive ambience.

The numerous woven plots revolve around a golden Token that allows you to go back in time and change just one event for a different future outcome. The question remains who has the wisdom to use it and who has the wisdom to not. And does using it, really solve the situation you are in; can the use of it change your future for the worst? Becki has been very clever indeed. The script is beautifully written and both funny and nostalgic and very soul searching. You leave wondering and discussing with others, "What would my choice be?"

With just a cast of three this play has power
With just a cast of three this play has power


Three central actors played all the parts and wove their stories with finesse. And I was lucky enough to be able to interview them and the director.

I asked director Becki what has inspired the play. She said "I like things that have a fantasy element in them. So I came up with this token concept and then we brainstormed with each other and family and explored what we would all do. But we wanted a blend of silly things as well as important."

Actor Eugenia Rahi faces deep dilemmas
Actor Eugenia Rahi faces deep dilemmas


Eugenia Rahi is an actor who was born in Argentina had several roles to play and dilemmas to unravel. Will she use the token to go back in time to change the decision of whether her husband should have taken a different job pathway? She first played Margo who is very arrogant and went to the countryside to further her career and runs into the cowgirl. Eugenia says "Then I play Susie with Diana and we are a couple. And then I play Marjorie who is married and has three children and her husband. She loses her job but she has already used her token."

These plots weave together beautifully and the acting is excellent.

Will Sally Brown use the token to save someone else
Will Sally Brown use the token to save someone


Sally Brown is an actor who was inspired by her psychologist to return to her acting career and creativity. She is now trying to gain a balance between her acting desires and her serious role as a Clinical Psychologist who is currently working part-time in drug and alcohol counselling. She said she enjoyed playing the many roles in the play, "I start as Felicia a cowgirl and then a woman who has an affair and I have to decide how to use the token." I asked which she related to the most and she said, "The teenage girl whose friend suicides as I work with teenagers as well". She plays other roles, but let me not spoil them. Get along to the play little doggy to find out.

Donna Spillane coping with age
Donna Spillane coping with age


Donna Spillane is originally from Sydney and she is as she says, "An international actor, teacher, singer, writer, wife and mother; not necessarily in that order". Her character's main dilemma resolves around her husband. It is a heartbreaking decision but uplifting at the same time. Experience outs and Donna nailed this performance. She said, "I play an old lady who cannot decide to go back in time to fix something or just to let it be and live in the moment and in the end, George showed me a sign."

Hidden Theatre at Long Play
Hidden Theatre at Long Play


The theatre itself is cosy and intimate and behind a restaurant bar. And the staging is very cleverly designed for each story to follow the other with simple but effective stage changes.

The Theatre behind the Intimate Restaurant
The Theatre behind the Intimate Restaurant


The play was held at Long Play in Fitzroy North. Plan to have dinner before or after. You can take a drink into the theatre if you wish.

Enjoy a wine during the performance and tea after
Enjoy a wine during the performance and tea after


Trying to find Long Play is not very easy as you are looking for a theatre, not a restaurant. The signage on the door is very small, so give yourself a bit of leeway with time.

Theatre crowd enjoying after the show
Theatre crowd enjoying after the show


But putting that all aside, this play is well worth the effort and you will thoroughly enjoy the acting and twisting plots.

Enjoy meeting and greeting the actors between sets
Enjoy meeting and greeting the actors between sets


And you have four more chances to catch it on Saturday, September 21 and 28th, at 6:30 or the second sitting of 8:30.

You definitely need to book as there were few spare seats, which is a testament to how good this play is.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  16
*Tricia Ziemer was invited as a guest
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? You love innovative Australian actors and plays
When: 6:30 and 8:30 PM Sept 21 and 28, 2019
Phone: 9660 9666
Where: Long Play, 318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Cost: $24
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
Featured
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions