Eisteddfod: quirky Lally Katz play coming to Mandurah


Role-playing: Brendan Ewing and Natalie Holmwood.
Role-playing: Brendan Ewing and Natalie Holmwood.

NOT everyone will like this very original play by Lally Katz.

It is the strange story of agoraphobic and inseparable siblings Gerture and Abalone whose parents have died in a freak accident and who are rehearsing “the Scottish play” (Macbeth) which is surrounded by superstition for a local eisteddfod.

Abalone is almost obsessive about amateur dramatics and his desire to win first prize – a trip to Russia – at the eisteddfod while Gerture is becoming less interested in the games they play and he sets out on one final game to win her back.

Eisteddfod is unpredictable and clever – what of their role playing is real and what is a dream?

The risque dialogue is as unexpected as it is shocking and leaves little to the imagination.

But it is enormously funny, particularly a dance sequence to Spandau Ballet’s True.

The two actor cast – Brendan Ewing and Natalie Holmwood – provide fine performances and even if the play is difficult to understand, they alone are worth the price of a ticket.

The set is interesting, set up like a child’s room with an upper bunk and a small classroom with all props dispensed from a range of cardboard boxes.

Katz is one of Australia’s hottest playwrights and one of the most performed.

WHAT: Eisteddfod
WHERE: Studio Underground, State Theatre
WHEN: Until July 9

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