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3 short performances in one great show debut by Rogue Shots
I wasn't sure what to expect. A new innovative theatre company was putting on their first performance ever. This was a very special gig.

Two loves in one grandfather's life in Rogue Shorts
Two loves in one grandfather's life in Rogue Shorts


I was wonderfully surprised. Three short scripts were written, produced and presented by the company. They were seamless in performance. I think I might have heard one stumble over three performances. The scripts were wonderfully innovative and nailed some really tough issues that we have today in society, which I could very much relate to. They were believable, heartfelt and real. I commend the writers. They must have done some extensive research to nail this content or experienced some real-life journeys and transformed that into these three visionary skits.

Should we keep reading the letters
Should we keep reading the letters


Torn between two loves
Torn between two loves


The first short was Dear Eleanor. It was a mystery discovered by the grandchildren about their grandfather during the war. The found his love letters to their grandmother. But all was not exactly as it seemed. As the they fought with their inner guilt about delving into their grandparents' intimate letters, they were pulled along by a deep secret they just had to get to the end of. Their grandfather was in love with another person besides Eleanor. All they had to identify the mystery person, was the letter "L".

Do they know his secret
Do they know his secret


The skit was done with a two sided stage. Grandfather writing as a young man on one side, and the girls delving into the trunk in anguish on the other. It choreographed quite well. At the end they finally discover "L" is Louis, who died in the war', devastating their grandfather. But he came to back to Eleanor, his second love. It was moving and poignant. Very well written and played.

True issues around Mental Health
True issues around Mental Health


The second short hits a very topical and highly visible issue in our society today, mental health. It also peeled off the realities of the difference between someone with mental health issues and someone who is just genetically different. And how they are all lumped into one basket by society and labelled. Again, very well written and acted. It nailed the issues with aplomb.

I am me not the name of a mental illness
I am me not the name of a mental illness


I am genetically different not sick
I am genetically different not sick


Finally we get the last short. This last routine was very comic and again, written extremely well. This group has talent.
Bogans meet posh Melburnites and two world collides. But which two real worlds collide? The worlds of two different socioeconomic levels or the lack of true human kindness to others. Two rich couples basically try to trump each other in their drive to be powerful and total toffs. It is tit for tat to be one step more cool.

Toffs about town cutting each other down
Toffs about town cutting each other down


I have run into this in life. It is so sad and comes from deep insecurities. I had a supposed friend once, who if I got an artwork, she had to run out and buy one; if I got a new car, she had to run out and get one too; if I get new clothes at a certain store, off she went. Life for her was just a competition to one up another person. I felt truly sorry for her. It was all about what she had, not true relationships. This play depicted this perfectly.

Then the bogans arrive at the dinner and bring a breath of fresh air to the party with just being good old down to earth Aussies. And it triggers some very funny scenarios. Excellent skit.

Bogans bring the comic fun
Bogans bring the comic fun


The only things that let this play down, were the acoustics and the lighting. It was a lovely old theatre full of history and old world charm. But the acoustics were terrible with shocking echo.
It very simple to hang soft furnishings on the walls, and solve this issue.

The lighting was as 1950s as the building and yellow. They need to replace the lights with daytime blue brights, like true photography and filming lights.

Clap for the talent
Clap for the talent


With the sound, I could not hear part of the excellent dialogue over the modern recycle heat units. Everyone was rugged up nicely but actors need to be heard; they might want to pre-warm the venue and then turn those units off.

Close knit group cover all aspects of stage and performance
Close knit group cover all aspects of stage and performance


This is a great gig and it needs to go on the road - I would suggest Chapel off Chapel in Prahran for the next performance. This show has the basics of what it takes Then Rogue Shorts Theatre Group will get the professional environment they need to really make these very good skits shine.
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