After an extended season in Melbourne 5pound theatre is proud to be bringing their hit 2012 production – The Blue Room by David Hare to the Adelaide Fringe.
The Blue Room features only 2 actors; a male and a female, each taking on 5 different roles. Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen were first to tackle The Blue Room in 1998. Sigrid Thornton and Marcus Graham achieved critical acclaim when they took it on at MTC in 2002. Kaitlyn Clare and Zak Zavod have embraced these ambitious roles for 5pound theatre’s intimate presentation of this controversial play.
Returning to the director’s chair is 5pound theatre’s co-artistic director and director of last years popular Adelaide Fringe production of Rhinoceros (41/2 stars, The Adelaide Odserver)
Arthur Schnitzler wrote Reigen in 1900, only to be charged with obscenity and the play closed on opening night by the Vienna police. 77 years later, David Hare freely adapted Reigen to create The Blue Room.
The Girl had sex with the Taxi Driver, who seduced the Au Pair, who consented with the Student, who cheated with the Married Woman, who made love to the Politician, who fell in with the Model, who succumbed to the Playwright, who coveted the Actress, who was ensnared by the Aristocrat, who rooted that girl from the start.
Over 10 scenes, 10 characters swap partners in a sexual dance in which expectation and experience are never the same.
‘It’s such a beautifully written and composed piece of theatre. And it’s honest in a way I think you rarely see. It’s not depressing or uplifting, it doesn’t wallow in the misery, or over romanticize… it let’s you draw your own conclusions. And it’s a bit sexy too.’ – Jason Cavanagh
This play has been called ‘pure theatrical Viagra’ and has attracted a lot of attention for possibly the wrong reasons - for instance a peak at Nicole Kidman’s bum. But at its heart is an engaging and at times confronting exposé of that base drive that fuels human existence.
Here is what people had to say about the Melbourne production:
‘bold, visionary theatre’ – Artshub
‘an ideal venue, the intimacy of its terrace shop front used to ingenious effect.’ – The Age
‘…well-thought-out, resourcefully staged and well executed.’ – Timeout
‘Solid and impressive work.’ – Stage Whispers
‘… a virtuosic two-hander’ – Milkbar Mag
‘…an ingenious director and two fearless actors presenting us a nowhere-to-hide performance of a clever, thought-provoking and powerful modern classic. I recommend it highly even for you just to witness the simple brilliance of the last scene.’ –Theatre People
‘5Pound theatre’s production, sings with exuberance…’ -Inpress
‘Kaitlyn Clare and Zac Zavod never miss a beat in the action…Cavanagh is nothing short of a visionary… a great deal to offer the artistic community of Australia and indeed the world.’ – Australian Stage
By arrangement with ORIGIN Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French, LTD.