The Mundy sisters arrived into town fresh off the boat from the Northwest of Ireland for two showings of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa.’ Part of the ‘On The Rocks’ student-run (and might I add very successful) theatre and arts festival, the Mundy family had some big boots to fill and the sold out Barron theatre eagerly awaited their arrival on stage.
Bon Vivant hears how the Music Cafes are set up to let you enjoy a few musical notes with your jam and bread, a warming drink and a chance to just relax.
The Sugar Syndrome, directed by Tasmin Swanson, is a fundamentally modern play that deals with modern themes. Based around the cyber world of internet chat rooms, the play begins with the introduction of Dani (played by Coco Claxton), a 17 year old girl recovering from anorexia nervosa and a stint in a clinic, who frequently delves into the world of the internet to escape her less than idyllic home life with her mother, Jan (Alexandra Koronkai-Kiss) and frequently absent father. It is through these means that she discovers the deeply insecure, slightly older Lewis (Peter Swallow) and the significantly older, more disturbed Tim (Alex Levine). Through the anonymity presented by the internet, Dani allows Tim to believe she is an eleven-year-old boy. Though Tim is initially alarmed upon seeing and discovering that the pre-pubescent ‘Danny Boy’ is in fact a teenaged girl, the two soon become friends and both agree to support the other throughout their respective issues.
Psyched for On The Rocks? Us too! Courtesy of the OtR press team, we present some short interviews with those involved to whet your appetite. Here's an interview with Emily Murray, the producer of Sweet Charity.
Are you overwhelmed by the choice of events during On the Rocks? Do you have essay deadlines but don't want to miss the best offerings of creative talent? Fear not, as we bring you a select pick of the best in music, art, film, theatre and comedy.
“Vintage attire is encouraged. Dancing is expected. Prohibition is prohibited.” All directions were followed at last night’s Big Band Opening Bash – the opening event for On the Rocks 2013.
Food blogs have never been more popular, and fantastic hunger-inducing photographs are crucial to a successful one. I certainly judge a cookbook by its pictures, and an online blog is no different. For all of you aspiring food bloggers, the Fine Food and Dining Society will be holding a photography workshop as part of the On The Rocks Student Arts Festival in Week 9.
Kicking off the On The Rocks festival was the drama Bitter Root written by our very own Joanna Alpern, performed in the Barron Theatre. In my opinion, student written plays are always the most interesting and raw to view and Bitter Root offered the audience a mature and touching piece of theatre. In the director’s notes, Joanna highlights that the play was a reaction to both Mike Leigh’s Grief and the ignorance shown to those families who suffer the loss of someone through suicide. A difficult subject to tackle, yet Alpern allows the themes of flowers and of joy and grief to be shown through all theatrical elements.
In 1921, Luigi Pirandello penned a play called Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore (Six characters in search of an author). It premiered in Rome’s Teatro Valle that same year.