Saturday, 10 August 2013

Play reading

We went to a play reading the other day. Seniors were free.

The play is not a new one and had received heaps of publicity back when it was first produced. But I had never seen it. So off we went.

It is a monologue really, but OK.

It is just a rant about moving to a new place. I was surprised that anyone would feel sufficiently strongly to write about that. The story line is that a wife is told by her husband that they are moving to a new city far away because he has a job there. She is reluctant to move because she is happy where she is. The woman is vacuous. They move. Time passes. She realises that life can be good no matter where you live. She becomes a little less stupid but is finally starting to grow into an adult. A bit of a character study.

One cane chair on the stage, covered by a sheet when it represents Melbourne, and uncovered when it represents Darwin. Melbourne represents a huge city where people sit about gossiping instead of doing things. Darwin is the Paradise, and it is of course many people's idea of a tropical paradise. Not mine.

I was uncomfortable when some audience members laughed at the wrong times. The lines illustrated changes and hypocrisy. I prefer not to laugh at discomfort. That rather took the shine off my enjoyment. And the play is generally enjoyable.

Would I participate in this play if I had the chance? No, if I had to be on stage. Yes, but I would like the set to be different with more interesting lighting and some music. And furniture and props. It is good as a play reading, but as a complete play it would be too dull. Some lines need to be updated.


  1. My protests begin with the line "a wife is TOLD by her husband that they are moving" ... sounds 19th century to me!

    1. You probably hit the nail on the head there. But that is what happens here with jobs. We are asked to go to a different location or to work different hours or in a different role, in such a way that we must comply. Do it or other opportunities will not come your way again.
      In this play the young wife feels that she is forced to move to the opposite end of the country. It is against her wishes. Towards the end of the play she informs her husband that she wants to return to Melbourne. She expresses her feelings to him. She has grown into a more adult person rather than a complaining child. Finally she wants to stay in this Paradise, and the journey of the play is complete.
      Is it 19th century? At the beginning it is in many ways. She is not a full partner.


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