I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Jesus Christ Superstar as presented by the Blue Mountains Musical Society at the Blue Mountains Theatre And Community Hub is a reimagined version of a classic rock opera. This is dramatic production is full of the energetic performances of a committed cast of actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Most of the characters are troubled and tortured by their decisions and their inability to live up to society's expectations of them.
The production is gritty and grungy and is very relevant to modern society. The taking of 'selfies' with the celebrity JC resonated with the younger audience members and the pared back set-design make this iconic classic feel new.
The makeup is unique and effective, the gashes and blood looked particularly authentic. The few props there were added to the atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic scavenger landscape. 'Shipping containers' were utilised as video screens, stores at the temple, the scene of the last supper and the crucifixion. At times there were so many people on stage and so much going on that it was hard to know where to look.
Jesus Christ Superstar is without doubt a tragedy that involves themes of greed, power, selfishness and betrayal. There is understandably not much humour in this story but the gender twisted performance of King Herod's Song was a welcome relief and a bright sparkly contrast to the other scenes.
She doesn't know how to love him (Neaton Photography)