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The Liar's Bible @ Sydney Independent Theatre Company

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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The Liar's Bible is a play about life. Whilst it is interesting and humorous, some audience members may also find it a little confronting. After viewing the play, you might begin to wonder does everything work in cycles of sevens, just as how good things usually come in threes - for example, is it true that if you break a mirror, you will receive seven years of bad luck? This New Zealand based play might raise a few of these questions - but I suggest that you just go with the flow and take each segment as it comes.

The Liar's Bible was originally crafted in New Zealand, and prior to the world premiere in Sydney, the production was the recipient of the Special Prize for Women's Playwrights and a joint runner up in the Adam NZ Play Awards for 2010.

An exploration of life, death, art, poetry, sex, and some could even say the concept of entrepreneurship might be under the microscope; this is what The Liar's Bible is about.

The main character is poetry teacher Leo (Mark Langham) who contemplates his achievements to date. Academia and children are his life, and for the latter, he was given a second chance. He is known for having quite a few affairs, including a brief sexual encounter with one of his students, Baby (Rebecca Scott).

Baby was asked to re-write an essay and received advice from a budding pizza entrepreneur, Dave (John Michael Burdon) who happened to be her saving grace. Unfortunately Dave was involved in an accident that kept him out of action for a short while, but Baby came to his aid, and yet lo and behold (as a result) she was late to school yet again.

Dave delivers a pizza to a stressed out Mary (Cherilyn Price), the wife of Leo, who cannot find her wallet and decides to offload art by Leo and his ex-girlfriend, Gabrielle (Erin McMullen) to him. Dave amasses a small fortune and secretly gives Gabrielle the a chance to realise her dream - to become a filmmaker - a career that was not supported by Leo. This is when Leo begins to question the quality of his life.

This is all I am going to say in regards to the plot - I would like to keep some surprises for you. Written by Fiona Samuel, the production will leave you a bit speechless, or on the contrary, over-thinking the sole purpose of your life, and why we are all here. Producers Julie Baz and David Jeffrey have also played a prominent part in bringing this intriguing play to the Sydney Independent Theatre Company.

Some audience members might consider the first half of the play to be quite dull, but once you have found yourself settling in and getting into the groove of The Liar's Bible, the second half swiftly picks up momentum.

The venue is quite a pleasant and rather welcoming despite a small stage and bright orange coloured seats (similar to church pews), which are just bearable for the duration of the play. Included with the ticket price is a drink; you can choose from beer, wine, soft drink or water.

I must also say that the turnout was quite phenomenal. The Sydney Independent Theatre Company had a better than anticipated roaring trade on the backdrop of The Liar's Bible. Now you are invited to pay the Sydney Independent Theatre Company a visit to see this play for yourself.
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Why? Popular New Zealand theatre production.
When: 1 - 19 May 2012 : 8pm Tuesday to Saturday / 2pm matinee on Saturday
Where: Sydney Independent Theatre Company
Cost: $29 full, $23 concession and $20 cheap Tuesday
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