"such a joyous ensemble effort"
"enjoyable community theatre, warmly recommended"
“The first act culminates in a rollicking and saucy calendar shoot, done with great taste and sensitivity; you feel like a welcome observer of an intimate event”
“…immerse yourself in a funny and touching portrayal of women finding the bravery to face the challenges that doing something different can bring”.
“I encourage you to go and see Calendar Girls” http://www.weekendnotes.com/calendar-girls-zenith-theatre/
Sydney Arts Guide
“Epicentre Theatre Company in their current production CALENDAR GIRLS explode onto the stage in a very funny, yet extremely moving production”
“A wickedly warm , inspirational and yet poignant show”
“The audience absolutely loved it.”
Calendar Girls at Zenith Theatre, Chatswood
The Epicentre Theatre Company is doing a production of Calendar Girls at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood next month. Source: Supplied
WENDY Morton is baring all in a comedy that raises eyebrows for the right reasons.
The Roseville resident is starring in Calendar Girls, the true story about a group of friends who went the full monty to raise money for a local hospital.
Morton said it was a daunting task to appear naked on stage, and had exercising non-stop to look fit on stage.
"It's going to be a challenge," she said.
"It's in front of a whole lot of people who you know and people you don't."
"In principal it's really easy, my body is no different to anyone elses, but when it comes to it, it will be hard."
For those worried about seeing nudity on stage, don't worry, the women will be covered by things like flowers, baking equipment and other womanly tools.
"The audience doesn't get to see anything, I don't know if that's plus or a minus, probably a plus," she said.
"Naked involves detail, being nude involves suggestion, and that's really it, it's all about the suggestion."
The play is based on the award-winning 2003 movie starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, and has been an international hit with sell-out seasons on London's West End.
In the spirit of the play, the women starring in the play have made a calendar, with all money raised going to the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation, Sydney.
Two dollars from every ticket sale will also be be donated to the charity to foster research into a cure for leukaemia and support and assist patients and their families.
The play is being produced by the Epicentre Theatre Company and is showing at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood on October 11 to 19.
It also stars Annabel Cotton, Prudence Robinson, Christine Firkin, Carol Keeble, Melanie Robinson, Donna Sizer, Sandy Velini, Linda Young, Tim Bate, Nick Bolton and Mark O'Connor and is directed by Belinda Clarke.
WHAT: Calendar Girls
WHERE: Zenith Theatre, Chatswood
WHEN: October 11 to 19
Congratulations to Con Costi, who has been accepted to the NIDA’s prestigious directing course.
Con starred and co-directed (with his equally talented brother, Michael) our successful production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Check what the critics are saying about "Anarchist...":
Check out a review at: http://www.sydneyartsguide.com/View-Review.asp?ReviewID=1134
I love Italian food. It's pure aroma reminds someone of big heart family
dinners where various members get too happy on wine and fill their
stomachs with all different kinds of pasta and tomato-based sauces. It's
no wonder that Dario Fo's play tries to establish this sense of family
and celebration within the confines of a Police station. Men walk around
leading with their chests in a display of supposed machismo mixed with
bravado. Women are fiery and emotional and aren't afraid of
confrontation. And there's always one guest who gets to witness this
with an insightful mind behind a pair of framed glasses. To those in
attendance it's natural, it's everyday, it's ritual. But to those who
are new to the proceedings, it's foreign and daunting.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist is Dario Fo's wink and a nod to a
country he called home and all the injustices that were boiling under
it's authoritative front. It's a farce that holds its weight in truth as
well as ridicule. As much as we, the performers, would like to dictate
how the audience will perceive the production, we know that every night
will be different. Every night will bring surprises, epiphanies and an
overall evolution to the play. It will be a comedy to some and a drama
to others. The play itself allows this, it will pry on relevant news
stories to keep it current and allow people to have their own insights
and opinions on whether the means justify the ends. When it all comes
down to it, this is an Italian play that has been translated into
English and now being performed 40 years later in Australia with a very
youthful cast. It's a risk. One that sees us standing on a windows ledge
looking down 50 stories down with our mind teetering between comfortable
safety or taking taking the plunge. Well, I'm going to ruin something
now, we're taking the plunge. Whether this will be successful can only
be found out by those in attendance.
So just like those family dinners that are littered with boisterous
laughter and back-slapping memories... one always knows that the
inevitable fight that brings every sordid little secret boiling to the
surface will rear it's ugly head. This is Accidental Death of an
Anarchist in a nutshell. We're inviting you to our house, please RSVP
promptly to save yourself a good seat for our Italian dinner followed by
One of the biggest challenges about “Anarchist” is the balancing act between the physical slapstick gimmickry and the politically charged concerns of the play. Up until recently we’ve pretty much been able to get away with whatever pieces of hilarity have come up, no matter how absurd they are. Now though, these have to find their place as everything is tied together, or else risk getting cut at the hands of a directorial guillotine, because the gravity of Dario Fo’s social commentary requires some level of sincerity within all its character play. While an interplay of slapstick and sobriety may seem a mad endeavour, thankfully everyone in the cast seems blessed with a lack of sanity, so hopefully that gives us some kind of advantage.
Rehearsing the physical comedy for Accidental Death of an Anarchist has been a lot like building a Rube Goldberg machine; there are lots and lots of mechanical parts working in tandem to produce an apparently simple result. Finding the physical triggers for the next sequence means experimenting, seeing what happens when a fake slap launches an actor stage left instead of stage right, and finding just the right angle of attack for each discrete movement. We're getting to the stage now where the machinery is more or less in place, and we're starting to grind off the exposed edges so that, ideally, the whole thing starts to look less mechanical and more like a series of fluid dance steps, one leading unavoidably into the next.
Check out Stage Whisper's review of Epicentre's COSI here:http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/cosi-1
We are nearly there! It’s hard to think that within two weeks we would have
already had two performances, but needless to say I am looking forward to
it. We are currently polishing our scenes getting ready for our move into the
Zenith. Everyone is eager to get onto the Zenith as soon as possible, although
our rehearsals at Warner’s Park at Northbridge have been great, nothing will
compare with rehearsing and performing on a real stage. The entire experience
of working with this cast and with Epicentre has been a lot of fun and has been
an incredibly quick one. It has been so great to perform with such enthusiastic
people and I think reflects in our production of ‘Cosi’. These next few weeks will
be frantic, fast and fantastic.
The characters are starting to take over! I found myself talking like Cherry off
stage at today's rehearsal. It's amazing how much a play can resonate with you.
So much of the journeys our characters take are echoed in our own lives. I think
for those of us who love acting it is the chance to be a kid, to use our imagination
and to play in this fantasy world that attracts us and in most cases allow us to
explore ourselves too. A character like Cherry lets me really play with the mind
of someone who has no societal barriers. And it's fun.
Our Director has been encouraging this sense of fun by reminding us of our craft.
We have been enjoying an in depth exploration of our dialogue and played with
the rhythms of the text in new ways including a romp in each other's shoes. I
had not considered the intensity required to maintain Henry's focus in his silent
world and enjoyed my short time experiencing his desire to leave. Luckily for us,
his desire to stay rules out!
Cherry has recently acquired a new handbag that you might like to keep an eye
out for... it's red... you can't miss it. And don't forget to bring fairy cakes!
To describe our 'Cosi' rehearsals as therapeutic would be an understatement. I
look forward to an audience coming along for the ride... we're going to fix you up
a real treat!
It's Cherry not Cheery!! :o)
Today the cast started with a warm up activity, Act 1 Scene 1 in different
characters. It was a funny scene to watch, seeing everyone exaggerate the roles
Everyone has been working hard to create meaningful characters and they have
come alive on stage. As an onlooker, I really feel for the inmates in the asylum
and both sympathise and empathise with their stories. There are so many funny
moments in the script and the cast has finally stopped laughing at each other.
The bonus for me is that I can still laugh and will continue to laugh as the script
is so clever and the cast so good in delivering the lines. I am looking forward to
seeing it on the Zenith Stage. Not long now.(from March 1)
With opening night looming, the time has come to tighten our bootstraps.
Everyone has been trying really hard to get all their lines down - special mention
to Daryl and Aston who are on stage for pretty much the whole play! With each
rehearsal now, everyone is becoming more and more comfortable and natural
with their character. Also, having been together for a while now, there’s a lovely
ensemble feel between the cast, which makes for some really fun rehearsals, and
should lead to a great production. Can’t wait.
Blog by Shaelee Rooke (Lucy)