Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Life, loss and everything in between
Part of the 2014 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, 'The Dead Ones' is an autobiographical performance piece by the esteemed Margie Fischer. Chronicling her family's history from the times of the WW2 Holocaust right until the modern day; she engages the audience in a journey of family love, pain and sorrow.
This deeply personal performance was composed as she cleaned out her family home after the death of her mother, who joined the remainder of her deceased family. Left to sort through the remains of her brother, father and mother; Margie pays homage to their lives, loves and losses and shares with the audience a highly relatable anguish of balancing respect with necessity.
What does one throw away, what does one keep and how on earth do you decide? Margie's struggle is an experienced shared by many and it was perhaps because of this that her audience was so captivated for the 90 minutes within which her monologue and slideshow plays.
Deeply personal images compliment Margie's storytelling
The imagery projected behind her is pronounced and touching. She provides each image with a context in which to understand it. The audience shares her love for her brother, her pain at her mothers loss. They share respect for her father, and hope for her child's future. The images cease to be those of emptying rooms and old portraits but instead are imbued with personality and care.
The Seymour Centre's Sound Lounge is the perfect venue for this introspective journey as it facilitates a relaxed and informal gathering; the room is cabaret layout, candle-lit with a serviced bar to the side. Patrons are encouraged to join each other, to join with Margie and through relaxing in the forgiving space; are comfortable to endure the 90 minutes of soliloquy.
Images of the individuals and items lost and loved help put the dialogue in context for the audience
This type of performance is not for everyone. It's not a play, nor a musical nor a documentary. It is a performance piece which explores emotion, but with minimal action. Interest is captured through the written content, vocal inflection & image choice. Those with a short attention span or those who come expecting a traditional theatre performance may be left wanting but those whom arrive with an open mind will be taken on a journey to which they themselves will ultimately be able to relate to in their life.
This production is yet another example of the Seymour Centre's versatility as a production space, their diverse calendar of events & the quality of work that is made accessible to the public.
If you don't make it to the rest of the run never fear, the Seymour Centre has plenty of productions scheduled for the remainder of 2014 that are sure to take your fancy. Even better; as part of Sydney University; the centre ensures that the pricing of its events is accessible even to students which keeps ticket prices low. Tickets for The Dead Ones are $25 for adults, $20 for members & concessions.