Joseph Stalin - "ideas are more powerful than guns" Churchill - "fight them on the beaches" Julia Gillard - "will not take lessons in misogyny from that man" Stan Grant - "we are better than this"
Proud to be premiering a new one man show, 5pound theatre are forging ahead, 'for better or worse', with Man of the Year at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Directed by Tim Wotherspoon, it features 5pound theatre's very own Artistic Director, Jason Cavanagh. With 18 years of treading the boards under his belt in over 40 productions, this is Jason's first one man show. What's going to manifest on stage could be thrilling, scary, and a little bit crazy says Jason. "At times, it's like the material is creating me, instead of the other way around".
This show starts out as a curatorial look at some of the world changing speeches from some of the worlds best speakers throughout history. It explores the idea of influence. In 1939 Time magazine named Adolf Hitler 'Man of the Year ' because he was the most influential person of that year.
It also looks at human nature and the lengths people go to, to change the world. Our relationship with violence, the things we do, shows clearly that great moments in time are intractably linked to mankind's long violent struggle. Like an ongoing cycle that spins out of control now and then, it's not a questions of if it'll happen again, more like 'when'. Perhaps tonight!
The clock is ticking and there's something lurking beneath the surface. A bead of sweat falls from the speaker's brow as he looks around the room. Who is he? What are his true intentions? How will this end?