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Life is Impossible - Old 505 Theatre

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A very entertaining & great night out
Life is Impossible by Paul Gilchrist
Life is Impossible, by Paul Gilchrist

Life is Impossible was inspired by the life of Simone Weil, a young French Jewish woman. She was born in 1909, was a legendary French philosopher, mystic and social activist. Though the play was inspired by Simone Weil, this version stars Ella Harris as Elaine, a young Australian woman.

I attended the opening night of Life Is Impossible. The storyline is intriguing with a lot of moral questions about the political situation during WWII. The acting of the cast was first class.

After attending Life Is Impossible, I did a little research on Simone Weil. She certainly was an amazing woman, almost a saint. Simone de Beau admired her "for having a heart that could beat across the world." I recommend anyone who is lucky enough to see Life Is Impossible to do a little research on Simone Weil. You will understand and appreciate the storyline better.

Life is Impossible A Play by Paul Gilchrist The Old 505 theatre Newtown.
Producer Daniela Giorgi and Elle Harris, who plays Elaine

It is 1942 and the world is at war. Elaine a young Australian woman is working in New York. Elle Harris shines in her performance as Elaine. She is captivated by all the bright lights of New York. She wants to experience all the magic New York has to offer. She meets Tom, a young American serviceman, who captures her heart. They have a whirlwind romance. He shows her all the bright lights of the city. Later, Tom shows another side to his character, which causes Elaine heartache.

Life is Impossible The Old 5O5 Theatre newtown
Matt Abotomey, who plays Tom with Chole Schwank, who plays Simone

Mathew Abotomey, who plays the role of Tom, shows his natural talent in this production. The complexities of the nature of Tom has many different sides. He is able to show all these sides with ease.

The conflict of war seems so far away until Elaine meets Simone, a French Jewish refugee, with a terrible secret. Elaine admires Simone greatly, but finds her serious nature troublesome.

Chloe Schwank, who plays Simone, is an outstanding actress. Her dialogue and facial expressions are transparent of inner determination and sadness about the worlds suffering at war. A great talent.

Life is impossible play at The Old 505 theatre Newtown
Cormac Costello, who plays Michael with Elle Harris, who plays Elaine

Cormac Costello, who plays Michael, gave a lighthearted amusing twist to Life is Impossible. He speaks with a perfect English accent and is witty and funny at times during the performance. Particularly about the British habit of having a cup of tea. Also, their eccentric but endearing belief that it always seems to make things better.

So do yourself a favour and make time to see Life Is Impossible. It is playing now but finishes Sunday 23 Feb with a 7pm show. It's a great night out.

Written & Directed by Paul Gilchrist

Produced by Daniela Giorgi


Matt Abotomey - Tom, a young American serviceman
Cormac Costello - Michael, a British Diplomat
Ella Harris - Elaine, a young Australian Woman

Chloe Schwann - Simone, a French Jewish Refugee
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Why? A play with bitter sweet intrigue.
When: 1823 February 2020 / Tuesday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 7pm
Where: The Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street Newtown NSW 2042
Cost: $30 Adults / $25 Concession, Industry & Under 30
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