The Brick and The Rose: dark tales of city


Daniel Moxham, Nicholas Allen, Lauren Thomas, Christian Tomaszewski, Zach Clifford, Grace Chapple, Ben Costantin, Andrew Dunstan and Quintus Olsthoorn play 46 characters in The Brick and The Rose.
Daniel Moxham, Nicholas Allen, Lauren Thomas, Christian Tomaszewski, Zach Clifford, Grace Chapple, Ben Costantin, Andrew Dunstan and Quintus Olsthoorn play 46 characters in The Brick and The Rose.

NINE actors, 46 characters and one boys’ fight all add up to The Actors’ Hub’s latest show at the Subiaco Arts Centre.

Featuring Greenwood resident Nicholas Allen, Ocean Reef resident Andrew Dunstan, Lauren Thomas, of Woodvale, and Banksia Grove’s Daniel Moxham, The Brick and The Rose is set in the 1950s and follows the story of a boy from his birth in the Bronx to his untimely death.

In a time of hope for many immigrants and first generation New Yorkers, it is supposed to be the start of something better – but the city has a secret.

Drug addiction, prostitution, poverty and gang warfare form an underworld of sleaze and violence, enticing many hopefuls before slowly dragging them under.

The Brick and The Rose introduces 46 characters who live in the shadow of the city – workers, immigrants, teachers and drug lords – and races through 20 years in the life of Tommy De Santo in just under an hour.

Director Adam Mitchell said the play was originally written for radio.

“We are hoping to capture the energy, vitality and addiction of New York to bring the dicey streets of 1950s Hell’s Kitchen to life,” he said.

“It is set to be a thrilling and unusual experience for our audience.”

The Brick and The Rose plays at 7.30pm on November 24-26. Tickets are $30 or $25 concession at www.ticketek.com.au.