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One Way Mirror at Blue Moon Theatre

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How willingly do you follow orders?
Why do we behave differently when we are being watched? How willingly do we follow orders? One Way Mirror by Paul Gilchrist is an exciting unconventional comedy, which is based on the interesting exploration of our temptation to comply and to conform.

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The play took us inside the psychological experiment that shocked the world in the early 1960s at the University of Yale by Stanley Milgram. One Way Mirror is about a story of actors employed in this decade of edgy (or dodgy) experimentation.

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The experiment asked the participants to administer an electric shock to an innocent third party. The third party was an actor, and the electric shocks weren't real, but the willingness of the participants to follow orders, regardless of the pain they thought they were inflicting, was.

The production was surprising, yet fascinating. The sequences were sharp and busy, and the performances were pinpoint. The scenes were highly entertaining and the use of humour was a brilliant addition to the harsh sadness and increasing anxiety about the context of the experiments.

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One Way Mirror portrayed that actors lie by nature of their profession, but how and when and to whom they choose to lie is entirely a decision. The particular actor-liars in this production were characters who were being paid to use their acting skills as an academic sleight of hand. Little of no truth is told by these characters.

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The 80-minute production took the audience into the psycho-social experimental labs of places like Yale in the early 1960s, where actors were employed at good rates to be their rats. There were a few sequences that were hard to watch, especially the test subjects being administered by increasing voltage by a person who they just had met... Hard to watch, yet it was absorbing and interesting.

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The cast of nine- Otto/ Subject/ Actor 6 (Matthew Abotomey), Ophelia/ Actor 3 (Alison Benstead), Thomas/Prosecutor/ Actor 7 (Angus Evans), Laura/ Actor 2 (Sylvia Keays), Donna /Actor 1 (Sonya Kerr), Stanley/ James/ Actor 5 (Mark Langham), Susan/ Actor 9 (Linda Nicholls-Gidley), Mike/ Actyor 4 (Ash Sakha) and Hannah/ Linda/ Actor 8 (Sheree Zellner) were uniformly strong and their ensemble work in the interlocutory sections was marvellous!

The cast executed each character with perfection by being well-crafted and clearly expressed. The play did not feature sound effects, lighting or distracting costumes, which to an audience meant the cast had to be top notch, and they certainly did not miss the mark with their stellar performance.

One Way Mirror was designed as an experiment itself. It left us wary and self-reflective.

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Why? A great theatre performance
When: 14-24 March 2018: From 7pm
Where: Blood Moon Theatre, The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
Cost: Adults: $30pp, Concession: $25pp, Under 30s: $20pp
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