'I think therefore I am.'  Descartes            'I AM THAT I AM.'  Exodus.3.        'I am what I am.'  La Cage aux Folles

26 May 2012

A Hoax by Rick Viede

May 2012 at La Boite Theatre I attended one of the premiere performances of a new play by Rick Viede , award winning Australian playwright, performer, singer, actor and personality extraordinaire.
Director Lee Lewis 
Dramaturg Tahli Corin
Designer Renée Mulder
Design Assistant Melita Lee Yuen
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Music, Sound & AV Designer Steve Toulmin
Charles Allen
Glenn Hazeldine
Sally McKenzie 
Shari Sebbens

'A Hoax' is a spot on observation of what is truth. Set in the world of personality and publishing it reveals a rather insecure writer who publishes supposedly biographical stories of a young abused Aboriginal girl. He hires an energetic nobody to play 'Nobody's Girl'. The tough alcoholic publisher manipulates, the gay black protege observes, encourages, exposes and succumbs to the lies and the girl lives the lie. A fantastic play which has received rave reviews and is a truly wonderful piece of theatre for four brilliant actors. 
One aside is that a few performances had to be cancelled to allow star Shari Sebbens to dash off to the Cannes Film Festival for her film 'Sapphires'
The author of this brilliant piece is Rick Viede. I first came across 'Richard' Viede in a 2002 film "Crazy Richard" (below) His extraordinary exuberance struck me and it was not until recently that I discovered him again as the performer Glace Chase and playwright Rick Viede. I made contact on Facebook as I am wont to do and am discovering what a talent he is. His plays have travelled to New York as well as various states here in Australia. A boy worth watching and a mind as sharp, relevant and poignant as one should expect from a great writer.
I had to include this oh so cute photo of Glace Chase.
All The Way - A Diary of Success http://glacechase.com/

21 May 2012

Great Loss

RIP - Robin Gibb
22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012
Robin Gibb as I remember him. The young Bee Gees emigrated from Britain and grew up here in Brisbane. I remember a work friend telling me of when they were at school together he had a fight with Robin and big brother Barry beat him up to protect his younger brother. I also recall their appearances as very talented kids on TV here and then seeing them in concert when they were famous. We danced in the aisles way back then.
RIP - Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
28 May 1925 – 18 May 2012
German Baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau was one of the greatest and most famous singers of the Twentieth Century. He excelled in lieder and for me he was the first great baritone for whom I was in awe. I have many recordings of his beautiful lyric voice.
RIP - Donna Summer
December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012
One of the most indelible sounds of my youth. The soundtrack of my clubbing days when going out was happy and excessive.
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