Out of the frame

Ryan (Craigie resident Brendan Ellis) unintentionally becomes part of a play in Do You Get My Meaning? and encounters Veronica (Nicole Miller).
Ryan (Craigie resident Brendan Ellis) unintentionally becomes part of a play in Do You Get My Meaning? and encounters Veronica (Nicole Miller).

The play has been cast and the actors know their roles yet they are made to feel they’re improvising, knowing they are auditioning for a role they already have.

A spanner is thrown in the works when an audition occurs by accident and the intruder notices the play does not have an ending.

Ellis plays Ryan, a typical laidback Aussie guy.

‘He hasn’t had much exposure to contemporary theatre, so when he literally stumbles into an experimental play-within-a-play he reacts with some scepticism,’ he said.

‘But as Ryan gets more comfortable on stage, he develops an almost child-like sense of excitement and attempts to put his own slant on the piece.

‘Do You Get My Meaning? appealed because it takes some very tongue-in-cheek stabs at some of the current trends in Perth, in theatre and general culture, which is always fun to get behind.’

Writer and director Chris Greenwood said he tried to maintain an experimental theme for the show with ‘a series of meaty roles for the players’.