A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Biting comedy is rife in the reality of 'Pretence'
Warm up with laughter; watch Pretence.
Act now, buy a ticket to Pretence, now showing at The Butterfly Club in Little Collins St. This genuinely funny play has shows:
Tickets are $35 dollars Full, $31 Concession, Group - $28(6 ) and Butterfly Club Member - $28.
Premise One role, two vying actresses. The scene is set for biting humour. Written by Hayley Lawson Smith, the concept and construction is comedic genius. There is nothing more real than those competing to pretend. From the first moment, a tension crawls over the room.
Actresses Aimee Sanderson and Hayley Lawson Smith have a great rapport. They didn't need barely any adornment to make their differences felt from initial contact. The Butterfly Club, with its church pew seating, makes it easy to envisage the stage audition environment this play suggests.
One character is early, The other has just arrived at a locked entrance, will she be let In? Their thirst for the role is palpable.
This play is built purely through dialogue. You could cut the tension between them with a knife and the competitive relationship that unfolds deep beneath the surface.
The desired role has much more meaning and for them both. This is not just some casual audition, it is validation to their parents that their choices are fine. It is inevitable that these personalities, who grate so brilliantly against each other, should reveal more in common than they would like to admit.
Every moment of this play is enjoyable; it feels too short. I wanted to spend more time with the characters. They amuse in their truth and captivate in their pretence.
Classic literature lines bookshelves beside The Butterfly Club's seating. This provides ambience to the plot, but the closing twist leaves the best wry smile at the audience's lips. The bizarre nature of our modern world trumps fiction for its possibilities and this piece hits home as completely believable.
Why Go? Why ever not is a better question.
If you are looking to make a chilly winter evening in Melbourne CBD both memorable and uplifting, then Pretence is the perfect option. The start time of 8.30pm (except only Friday's 5.30pm schedule deviation) allows one to enjoy an unstressed dinner and the location is convenient for public transport, so going home is hassle-free.
Important Note - Sandringham line currently has bus replacements that are across the road from Parliament station. Trains out towards Richmond run through the loop so it might be most convenient if you are travelling by public transport to head either right across Swanston and up to Parliament Station or straight ahead to Melbourne Central. On an icy night in the CBD, you could desire a speedy transition home.
The Butterfly Club
The well-stocked bar at The Butterfly Club is cosy with paraphernalia. On entrance, it smells like Christmas pudding. The vibe is Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show. There is a heap to keep you interested while you wait for the play to start.
Produced by Dramatic Pause Theatre Company, this play has won many awards for the production and the acting. Haylee Lawson Smith has a Masters in Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts with several published plays. Her writing has wit and wisdom. She is a sharp observer of modern life and her characters are alive with authenticity. Her style is understated; she recognises that life in itself is really funny and plays with the fact.