I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
The Moors by American playwright Jen Silverman is showing at The Reginald Theatre in Sydney's Seymour Centre from February 7 until March 1 2019. Presented by the independent Siren Theatre Co and supported by the Seymour Centre, The Moors is part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras program.
The entertaining governess (Photo credit : Clare Hawley)
The Moors has been described as a black comedy and is centred around the isolated lives of two sisters, their maid and dog in their large home on the moors. Their bleak existence is fueled with dreams of love, fame and power struggles. Family dynamics are confronted and challenged, especially upon the arrival of a young attractive governess. Although set somewhere in the 1840s, it is a contemporary work of Gothic fiction that is a twisted type of homage to the lives and works of the Bronte sisters.
During the running time of 80 minutes, the cast of six take us on a journey of self discovery that challenges many pre-conceived ideas and universally accepted conventions. Under the excellent direction of Kate Gaul, Romy Bartz (Agatha), Thomas Campbell (Mastiff), Enya Daly (Huldey), Brielle Flynn (Emilie), Alex Francis (Moor-hen) and Diana Popovska (Marjory/Mallory/Margaret) took control of the revolving stage and had the audience enthralled throughout.
The show is very funny with many one-liners, lots of visual comedy and performers that are prepared to throw themselves into their roles. The story is intriguing and surprising and full of twists that are best discovered in person.
The misfit moor-hen and mastiff (Photo credit: Clare Hawley)