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September 21, 2009 | by  | in Theatre | [ssba]

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The first thing you’ll notice about the latest season of plays by Vic’s Theatre department’s directing course is its really long title.

“It was my idea, sorry,” says Uther Dean, Salient arts editor and one of the directors featuring this season.

“There’s no interesting reason, it’s just a song lyric. It’s a break with form. Directing seasons are often named with only one or two word titles. We wanted to mark ourselves as different,” he claims.

Dean says that peoplearefragilethingsyoushouldknowthatbynowbecarefulwhatyouputthemthrough is about “couples who shouldn’t be together, basically.”

The press release puts it a little more poetically. The three half-hour plays explore the “dying sparks of collapsing relationships, each offering a different take on how people sift through the ashes left behind by the bright light of burnt love, and try to keep it burning.”

The three plays featured are Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter, Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill, and Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. There’s some pretty hot-shot young acting talent featuring in the plays. “There’s some faces you’ll recognise,” says Dean.

“People like Eli Kent and Erin Banks, they’ve both won Chapman Tripp awards, and Ralph McCubbin Howell, who recently directed the successful Vienna Verona: Romeo & Juliet.”

Salient’s other arts editor, Fiona McNamara, also features in one of the plays.

“She’s acceptable,” Dean comments.

“Fuck you,” McNamara retorts.

Dean is directing Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes, a play which he says is “about love, war, jealousy and the cruelties we commit without thinking. It is steeped in dream logic, awkward silences and more dark humour than is usually good for you.”

Hannah Banks is directing Three More Sleepless Nights, by Caryl Churchill. It’s a play which explores the bedroom diplomacy of relationships.

“It’s rad,” she says.

“Sexy people in a sexy bed.”

The third and final play of the evening is Savage/Love, directed by Paul Waggott. “The play explores the performative nature of relationships and the fragmentary nature of memory, following a journey through love, moment to moment,” says Waggott.

Head along, check out some local talent and support those stressed-out theatre kids. They’re actually kinda cool.

7pm, 23-26th of September
Studio 77, Gate 10, 77 Fairlie Terrace.
$8 unwaged/$15 waged
Book at and (04) 463 4359


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