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The Adelaide Theatre Guild presents Mathew Whittet's Seventeen in which a group of teenagers celebrate their last day of high school in a park with lots of booze and chiacking. Co-directors Mathew Chapman and Angela Short made the decision to have adults perform the roles of the teenage cast. Although the characters are considerably younger than the cast, this does not distract from the play, as the actors have done extremely well to show what it is like to be teenagers.
A J Bartley, Rebecca Kemp, Kate Anolak, Lindsay Dunn, Lindy LeCornu,and Jack Robins. Photographer: Norm Caddick.
The cast (in alphabetical order) Kate Anolak (Edwina), A.J. Bartley (Mike), Lindsay Dunn (Tom), Rebecca Kemp (Lizzie), Lindy LeCornu (Sue) and Jack Robins (Ronny) are quite believable as they capture their roles perfectly revealing the dramatic changes the characters experience throughout the play. They perform a range of mixed emotions from being very funny when skylarking around to serious and sad when revealing their confusion, fears and insecurities of what their futures might hold for them. There are some moving scenes revealing how the entire group feel sad over Tom's leaving them to move interstate to attend university. In particular, it means the parting of a long time friendship between Mike and Tom, which Mike is struggling to deal with as Tom is his long-time friend.
It is easy to relate to the characters whether they are drinking recklessly the spirits Mike took from his Dad's bar or playing rounds of the Mind Game "Truth or Dare", which results in some fun and antics as well as moments where their mixed emotions reveal a deeper understanding of their unknown secrets.
The set is simply a park with a grassy ground, a change room, and an overflowing bin of litter and rubbish. Combining this with the effective lighting and the characters extending their performances energetically up and down the aisles makes for a lively theatrical experience.
This production is bound to have wide appeal whether it be to young audiences who have recently left school or seniors who clearly recall 'those were the days my friends, we thought they would never end."
Where:Little Theatre, The Cloisters, University of Adelaide
Cost:TICKET PRICES: $22 Full / $18 Concession Online: www.trybooking.com/ZMCP (fee applies) Tickets at the door subject to availability Group Bookings: 10 at concession rate.For groups of 10 tickets at the concession rate (fee applies)