Articles on ‘Paul Ashcroft’

Red Stitch: Detroit

Sarah Sutherland. Detroit. Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

Detroit never says it’s about Detroit. It’s about suburbs where communities are falling apart and the hope of the hard-work way to an easy happy-ever-after is disintegrating in a world where the only real trickle down is insecurity and crisis. Directed by Tanya Dickson, the Red Stitch production keeps its feet in America but feels like… Read more.

Shrine: Canberra Review

Shrine by Tim Winton, one of Australia’s most lauded and interesting writers, is like a memory; a journey of emotion where multiple time and place are collaged together. The narrative jumps in time from present to past and the role of narrator is shared by the characters in a way that slowly reveals the whole… Read more.

Shrine – Black Swan State Theatre Company

Tim Winton’s Shrine is beautifully flawed; somehow, structurally, its scope seems beyond the confines of theatre and it might seem a better fit for film, or be best savored from the page. But then, once the play finishes, it’s obvious from the sense of communal catharsis why the work does exist for theatre. There are… Read more.

Red Stitch: Herding Cats with Ngaire Dawn Faire

Red Stitch present the Australian premiere of Herding Cats by UK writer Lucinda Coxon. Opening this week, it’s 2010–11 UK productions won the acclaim of critics and it was shortlisted for writing awards.  It’s described as bleak with shards of black humour and The Guardian said “see it and shudder”. Ngaire Dawn Fair graduated from… Read more.

You must know a lot of THEM…

I have family who used to live in Snowtown; they don’t tell people that anymore. Truro, Port Arthur, Colombine; it only takes one word to recall the horrific violence associated with these places. In 1998, Laramie in Wyoming, USA, made headlines when Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, repeatedly beaten and left to die on… Read more.

The elephant in the theatre

If I need Wikipedia to explain ANYTHING, I suspect that there’s something wrong – especially when it’s a piece of theatre. SaySix Theatre and Lil Artists are presenting Caryl Churchill’s Far Away at 45 Downstairs. Written in 1999, this is its first Australian production and takes it from a rolling English countryside to a thick and expansive… Read more.