What topic could be more emotive, more controversial and more comedic than parenting?
This play, performed many times by theatre companies around the world, is presented professionally in the sleepy town of Healesville. Performed in the Memorial Hall, the bonus is they serve drinks, snacks and the gallery is open for your enjoyment. Don't be misled by the location - this performance is not just for locals, it's as good as you'll come across.
This compelling live show is set in the lounge room of a couple whose son had had his teeth knocked out by the other couple's son. Both sets of parents have met to discuss the matter calmly and reasonably but, as the night wears on their politeness and cooperativeness dwindles.
Awkwardness becomes heightened and tensions emerge around raising children and no topics are barred. After a bottle of gin is shared, the parents from different sides of the tracks, start behaving like children and their alliances switch. This creates unpredictable and very funny consequences.
The set is impressive and the backdrops of wild African animals allude to the behaviour yet to come. There are jungle drums playing, and the roar of a lion and elephant are the last thing you hear before the actors assemble. The performance was received with delight by the audience that laughed out loud many, many times.
As good shows do, it raised many questions. We spent much of the time on the drive home discussing the right amount of involvement parents should have in their children's quarrels and the level of unfair judgement often cast on parents. This show questions the saying 'Everyone is entitled to their own opinion'.
After the show, I heard many conversations like this one 'OMG, OMG that was so funny'. 'Where did that hour and a half go?' I agree, when I glanced at my watch I noticed the show was nearly finished and appreciate the effort of the actors sustaining this lengthy dialogue without a break.
My friend declared that 'The vomiting scene was so realistic I felt sick myself!' She said that (as a parent) it's not hard to imagine how things could have gone so far. Our children's integrity - What else would we guard with such rigour and defensiveness?
This 90-minute rollercoaster ride is one to see. You won't see what's coming around the corner, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Redfox3 is an independent theatre company based in and presenting productions in Healesville and surrounding communities. In 2016, Redfox3 stunned packed audiences with their critically acclaimed production of The Woman In Black. This year they are proud to present the hilarious Tony and Olivier award-winning smash God of Carnage.
Founding member and Artistic Director, Justin Stephens, believes in utilising traditional theatre techniques, subtly introducing new technology, and showcasing local talent. Justin's aim is to bring theatre to a new audience and surprise and delight established patrons.
Justin has been commissioned by a number of companies with a strong history of excellent reviews and directed productions at Chapel off Chapel and La Mama Courthouse.
Audience Advice: Adult themes and strong language. We would advise this show is not suitable for children under the age of 15.