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.
Written by Jim Cartwright in 1989 and set in working-class Northern England, Two has been transported to a regional Australian pub of the late 1980s. Directed by Mark Kilmurry from Sydney's Ensemble Theatre, Two welcomes us to the world of fourteen working-class oddballs. This is a touring production and there is a limited run of four shows at Parramatta's Riverside Theatre.
Moth & Maudie (image Clare Hawley)
All of the characters are more than ably portrayed by real life couple Kate Raison and Brian Meegan. The intimacy of their relationship shines through, particularly when they are playing the bar tending pub owners. The bickering landlords demonstrate a growing tension as the evening progresses and their tragic secret is discovered.
The set is simple but very evocative of an old fashioned pub with a dark wood bar, beer signs, floral carpet and eighties soundtrack. The clientele provide moments of comedy such as the daggy dancing of the womanising Moth and the gentle innocence of the Elvis obsessed Fred & Alice. There is also the drama of the dominating Roy and his downtrodden wife Lesley.
Two is a compelling, confronting but beautiful piece of work that examines relationships and the human condition. It was incredible watching two actors take on seven different but realistic personas each. There were small changes in costume but big changes in facial expression, voice and demeanour. The themes of Two are universal and just as relevant now as they were when the play was written.
Don't miss the chance to watch two exceptional actors play such diverse roles.