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A compelling satire about corporate snakes and ladders
Just when you thought it was another ordinary day in the office, Ms Stockwood grabs you by the 'short and curlies' to inflict her WRATH.
WRATH written by Liam Maguire is an absurd, satirical comedy about the corporate world presented by Broad Ranges Academic Theatre Society at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival on now until 22 September.
Enter the world of the toxic violence cycle where the perpetrator, victim and bystander regularly exchange roles, and prey on vulnerability in a quest for power. Such is WRATH, an original play produced as theatre-in-the-round, to allow the audience to witness the intensity of the power dynamics.
Ms Stockwood is chief executioner and groom others as her mules to carry out her evil deeds, so her hands are clean. Once the day is done, she revels in her achievements as her staff drink away their sorrows and sleep in the office. It's a manic cycle, and difficult to escape alive. Some employees are bullied, taunted, tortured, even poisoned and accused of major sin's – like leaving the office untidy.
Maguire's use of psychology, power play and language is polished, and the cast completely respond to each other's provocations in every moment, without a hitch. The minimalist set design provides an absurd landscape for the drama to unfold, with a magnificent reveal.