REVIEW November 2012
HaBYT’s Advanced Training Group has put together 5 short plays exploring the eternal questions of our relationships; using Satire, Comedy and Dramatic Portrayals. Director, Emma Van Asch has harnessed the enthusiasm and talents of teenage actors to produce thought-provoking questions.
Van Asch starts our journey with Margaret Woods’ “Top Table”, a satire on International Politics that showcases the entire cast. Much credit must be given to all actors for the believable accents, one of the hardest disciplines for any actor to portay consistently.
Next was a short sketch, “Ringed”, using two actors in a domestic Comedy. Logan Webber and Sinead Hegarty gave a lesson older actors could follow: timing, facial expressions and movement were tight and meaningful along with the most important asset for actors——the ability to show they were having a good time.
“George” was next. This play with its thought-provoking theme of age and neglect, was worth the price of admission on its own. Rowan Hoesch, as the bereaved son finding out the truth of his mother’s last years, showed his torment as he wrestled, guiltily, with the truth. He was assisted by Phillipa Stonehouse as his concerned wife and her performance nicely balanced Hoesch’s.
Most young actors would probably choose Romeo and Juliet” if asked which Shakespeare play they’d like to perform, and we were presented tonight with famous balcony scene. Cody Houlahan looked believably tormented as he performed alongside the versatile Sinead Hegarty, who gave an excellent technical performance as Juliet. Both actors had help from some very good Lighting Effects by Josh Chamberlin.
Finishing the night was “Mother Figure”, a story that took a woman’s misplaced maternal instinct to a whole new level!. Lilly Pohatu-Hawkins, as the off-beat mother, projected very very well into her audience and Victoria Gillespie showed just what can be done with facial expressions and voice control.
I”m sure the mentors of this production, Andy Brigden and Ken Keys, must be very proud of their young charges’ performances and I recommend to all theatre-goers this chance to see emerging talent who I am sure will be heard much about in the future”
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