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One Act Season @ Marloo Theatre

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Marloo's One Act season is back on the 5th of September running until the 13th of September. This year's season is a full set of Shakespearean comedies as a part of Marloo's celebration of Shakespeare's 450th anniversary.

The Mechanic of Venice, written by local playwright James Forte, is based on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and the casket trials.

Shakespeare, One Act Season, Marloo Theatre, James Forte, The Mechanic of Venice
The cast of The Mechanic of Venice (Photograph courtesy of Marloo Theatre)

The play is based on the idea that Portia would not have left the results purely to chance.

It is a well-written and creative piece that takes a modern look on the popular story. Directed by Marjorie De-Caux this one act promises romance and comedy all rolled into Shakespearean language that everyone can follow.

Marjorie says; "James has brought his usual elegant and intellectual style to the text, and the actors have really appreciated the classic style, and the opportunity to follow on from their experience in Macbeth, with all but one of our actors having performed in that production."

The second show, Two Gentlemen of Soho combines melodrama and Shakespeare to take the audience back to the twenties nightclub scene.

This show is directed by Cecilia Allen, a new member of Marloo Theatre, who also writes and performs her own material.

Shakespeare, One Act Season, Marloo Theatre, James Forte, The Mechanic of Venice
Jack Williams, Harry MacLennan and Kira Pierce, coarse actors (Photograph courtesy of Marloo Theatre)

"This mockery of the Shakespearean play Two Gentlemen of Verona is supposed to be melodramatic and over the top at every step of the way," she says.

The final show, All's Well That End's As You Like It, is a complete send up of acting in the Shakespearean setting.

The play was written by well-known author Michael Green as an example of what coarse actors can do to a Shakespearean play.

The book The Art of Coarse Acting was written in 1964 and defined a coarse actor as 'one who remembers the pauses but not the words' and drew heavily on his experiences in amateur and professional repertory.

Shakespeare, One Act Season, Marloo Theatre, James Forte, The Mechanic of Venice
The Mechanic of Venice (Photograph courtesy of Marloo Theatre)

This short but sweet one act offers the cast a chance to explore taking their acting to a much lower level, although acting badly is surprisingly hard for good actors.

Directed by Hayley Derwort, this play offers plenty of laughs even if you don't understand the language.

Hayley says; "There have been points at rehearsal where I've been laughing too hard to actually offer much in the way of direction. When you take on a script like that it's always guaranteed to be fun."

The three plays are very much an ensemble production with actors overlapping into two and even three plays.

Shakespeare, One Act Season, Marloo Theatre, James Forte, The Mechanic of Venice
Two Gentlemen of Soho - Alex Sutton and Ryan Marano (Photograph courtesy of Marloo Theatre)

The strong cast includes David Bain, Alyssa Burton, Harry MacLennan, Kira Peirce, Paul Reid, Jack Williams, Chantelle Pitt and Ryan Marano.

The plays run from the 5th to the 13th of September. Tickets are available from Gwyne on 9255 1783 or from Trybooking.

If you miss this season, the plays will be entered in the Hills Festival of Theatre on the weekend of the 19th to the 21st September.

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Why? The lighter side of the Bard
When: 2pm and 8pm
Phone: 9255 1783
Where: Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount, WA
Cost: Adults $18, Concession $16
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