Here We All Are. Assembled

A twisted tale of two hapless characters who dare to question. Suspended in a rotting dystopian landscape, forgotten by the world, these two are comforted by blissful ignorance, turning a blind eye to the impending Armageddon. Rising from the detritus comes the voracious, clever and manipulative ‘worm’ set to divide the slavish trust of our heroic duo. This witty, insightful and poignant play will seduce you into a collapsing world where you will bear witness to the final showdown between truth and delusion…to be or not to be?

Here We All Are. Assembled by Kathryn Ash
Sep 29 – Oct 10 2017 Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts & October 13 2017 Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre in the Undercover Artist’s Festival

Director: Matt Scholten
Designer: Simona Cosentini
Designer: Simone Tesorieri
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
AV Designer: Craig Wilkinson
Sound Designer: Guy Webster
Stage Manager: Sophie McKeown
Production Manager: Sam Gibbs

Doug Robins – Jabber
Natalie Taylor – Poker
Barbara Lowing – “The Worm”

“Matt Scholten brings with him a keen sensitivity to the Shakespearean language of the play. Much of Kathryn Ash’s dialogue has a marked Shakespearean flavour. Now and then, a line we recognise as a quotation pops out, but the quotation we are expecting to hear turns on its head with a twisted logic…Scholten has succeeded in having his actors make it sound just right – neither over-the-top Pommy, nor false ‘elocutiony’. There is also his close attention to detail throughout in matching the changing moods of the play to the ongoing decay all around, through lighting, sound, and his use of the acting space on the set. The symbols of decay – the fish, the grinding of gears as assembled parts disassemble – these are nicely pointed…While it takes a spectator who is well acquainted with Hamlet and the devices of the modern theatre to take in the total impact of the play, Scholten kept the laughs coming at just the right intervals to amuse even the least experienced theatregoer. The succession of fart definitions in the second part of the play was hilarious. Yes, the audience on opening night enjoyed the play immensely to judge by the thunderous applause at the end. It is a rare treat to be able to attend a play so full of wit and repartee. Take the chance to see it while you can.” Glyn Davies, Arts Hub




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