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The Lonesome West at Judith Wright Centre

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by Vee Cawood (subscribe)
I moved to Brisbane in 2009 having through the years lived in The Netherlands, UK, South Africa, Qatar and now Australia. I'm a single mum with three kids always looking for penny pinching ways to have fun and discover new places and things to do.
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Satirical black comedy
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a black comedy - I was rather dubious. The last (and only) black comedy I watched bored me to tears and I couldn't see the "comedy" part, plus I felt terribly depressed as I watched it; no surprise then that I decided black comedy just wasn't for me. However, in the interest of research, I decided to give The Lonesome West, a chance to redeem my opinion on black comedy. After all, a play written by Martin McDonagh, acclaimed director and screenwriter and winner of multiple awards, must be worth the effort. And it was!

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The Lonesome West


The satirical plot gives us an insight into the symbiotic relationships between two brothers, their priest and a young school girl. Whilst the plot is dark and often confronting, it remains funny and enjoyable as you discover the truth of each character's personal demons and challenges. The cast is fantastic at bringing to life the extreme mutual dysfunctional interdependence of the small Irish town where the play is set.

As the story unfolds of two brothers after the death of their father, we are taken along on a string of comical events of manipulation, hypocrisy and misplaced devotion. As Coleman's sole purpose in life appears to be, making those around him miserable, his brother Valene constantly attempts to gloat about his meagre achievements. All the while Father Welsh attempts to guide them through their troublesome relationship but fails miserably as he is failing in his own religion and convictions. Bring to the mix, Girlene a wistful young school girl, and the plot is complete with misplaced love and frustrated sexual desires.

A thoroughly funny yet explosive black comedy, strewn with expletives in strong Irish accents and bloody carnage that will challenge you, confront you and definitely entertain you.

Definitely, a must see!
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Why? An entertaining evening of contemporary arts.
Phone: 07 3872 9000
Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Cost: $57
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