Sneak peek of Brolga's comedy-drama Cosi
OPINION: I've just got back from a rather emotional and hilarious preview of The Brolga Theatre's production of the Australian soul searching comedy-drama Cosi.
Written by Louis Nowra and directed by Bradley Chapman, this show, set in 1971 in Melbourne, is brilliant.
It shone with a formidable and realistic interpretation of relationships among mental patients negotiating the rationale of accepted normality.
The polarised attitudes of the early 70s to the war in Vietnam are dealt with and woven into a tale of disturbed psychiatric patients as unlikely thespians.
Some are over-enthusiastic and others have to be coaxed from their shell to take part in a production of Cosi Fan Tutte.
Chapman, with an in-depth understanding of the script, has an empathy with his cast, being a fine actor himself.
He also plays an aggressive outspoken Doug.
The result is entertainment by one of the finer casts I have seen - a really superb ensemble.
Casting Mark Thomson as the flamboyant Roy is spot on.
Thomson is well known to Fraser Coast audiences and as the fervent and frenetic Roy he's as far out as a politician's budget.
Michael Ware is perfect as the compromising director, Lewis, with a pleasant Aussie upper class vocal delivery, clearly indicating empathy with his disturbed players.
Janene Sweetenam (Cherry) sweeps and sweetens the scenes with her roguish charm.
A new (for me) exciting talent is Scott Commins who impressed as Nick.
Liane Kidd (Justin), a pragmatic social worker and Wendy Chimes (Ruth), an obsessive-compulsive, round- off an equally talented cast which includes Errol Greiner (Henry), Kaitlin Zemek (Lucy), Ellen Mackay (Julie) and, with awaken the dead Glaswegian thunder, Brian Spiers (Zach).
The only performances are at the Brolga Theatre on Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21, at 7.30pm.
To book, phone 4120 6000.