Lecturers get a masterclass in efficiency

A scene from “Chalkface”. Picture: Prudence Upton

Theatre / “Chalkface”. Written by Angela Betzien and directed by Jessica Arthur. At Canberra Theatre till November 12. Reviewed by JOE WOODWARD.

YOU get a way of the appearing energy inside this firm when Catherine McClements’ function needed to be carried out by Ana Maria Belo; and carried out magnificently. 

Power of ensemble taking part in and beautiful timing made for a most partaking night of theatre. 

As farce, there have been typical exaggerated characterisations, inconceivable conditions together with all these entrances and exits which are obligatory farcical components. 

This was pure leisure with some commentary on the connection between instructing and society. So whether it is intelligent writing, sturdy appearing and an evening of frivolity you might be after, “Chalkface” will probably be for you.

There have been many lecturers within the viewers; as one would possibly anticipate! Whether or not the play mentioned something new about instructing might be as much as folks’s expertise of the career. Nonetheless, the textual content and conditions definitely offered the idea for engagement with characters and circumstances which are acquainted.

Younger folks all in favour of appearing careers would do nicely to take a look and hearken to the sharpness and confidence of those performers. 

Ana Maria Belo carried out with seasoned confidence despite the fact that she stepped into the function after having been with the corporate as an understudy. Ezra Juanta, Michelle Ny, Nathan O’Keefe, Stephanie Somerville and Susan Prior every carried out with clearly outlined characters that have been comical and but at occasions poignant and sympathetic. The physicality of the performers was a masterclass in itself.

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The set and manufacturing had a lot of a ’70s really feel about it. Maybe it was the music! It additionally jogged my memory of TV reveals resembling “The Workplace”. I puzzled if it was really written as a TV pilot with related manufacturing values. Take out the dwell viewers and it may simply be tv. Both method, “Chalkface”, a Sydney Theatre Firm and State Theatre Firm of SA manufacturing, is enjoyable and really accessible.


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Ian Meikle, editor