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Flood at the Old 505 - Review

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by lilbusgirl (subscribe)
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Which side are you on?
Flood is an engaging play that will ignite conversations in regard to race.

Set in outback Australia, six non-indigenous 'twenty-somethings' reconnect on an end of year camping trip. After setting up camp next to an isolated creek which they treat as a swimming hole.

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Around the fire


They encounter an enraged member of the local indigenous community. An unexpected crescendo of events occur, before things take a violent turn leaving you gasping for a moment.

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Practical sensible Steve


The consequences of their actions result in each characters spiralling inner turmoil, changing their understanding of the land, aboriginal culture and the place within society in which they live.

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Happy couple, Steve and Vanessa


The writing is witty and challenging with a 'II Know What You Did Last Summer' feel to it. It is truly mesmerising watching the actors challenging their onstage counterparts via their descriptive monologue rather than by action. No longer are these characters strangers but familiar friends of youthful exuberance.

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Sal and Mike in the drivers' seat


The play presents a plethora of issues, such as dealing with race relations and the possible media beat up headlines that six white kids had been involved in a racist crime.

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Emotional Elizabeth


The play also brings to our attention our tendency to bury atrocities and ignore problems when it comes to marginalising and excluding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Letting the gravity of their actions set in, panic takes over, kicking common sense to the kerb. The audience is taken on a whirlwind journey as we are placed out of our personal comfort zones with no forgone conclusions. As the play progresses, each character questions how implicit race bias acts on them.

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Free spirited Frankie


The intimate set looks deceivingly simple depicting the group of six in their respective living spaces just via material strips and sand looking text on the floor of the stage before seamlessly transforming to a remote beach where a dust storm occurs before clearing to a paradise with a mirror mimicking crystal clear water in the creek.

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Set design


If you are to see one play for the year, come and see Flood. As the Director Isaacs says "Flood is a play that looks at implicit racial bias, the tribes we choose to align ourselves with… and the outcomes of those alignments."

Which tribe are you with?

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Flood gates open


Flood plays at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street Newtown from November 8 to 19, with performances Tues-Sat at 8.15pm plus 11am matinees Thurs 11 Nov, Tues 15 Nov and Fri 18 Nov, plus Sat 19th at 5pm.

Runs for 70 minutes with no interval.

Don't be late, or prepared to be part of the action on stage.
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Why? FLOOD features some of the most exciting young actors working professionally in the industry.
When: 8 - 19 November, Tues-Sat 8.15pm plus 11am matinees. Thurs 11 Nov, Tues 15 Nov and Fri 18 Nov, plus Sat 19th 5pm.
Where: 5 Eliza St, Newtown
Cost: $35 Adults / $25 Concession
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Great review! Sounds like a great show.
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1132) 394 days ago
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