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.
WHERE: Studio Underground, State Theatre
WHEN: Until July 9