5pound theatre are truly proud and excited to be finishing their 2012 season with what is by far their biggest and most ambitious project to date… 5pounds of Repertory Theatre
For 5 weeks The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond will be transformed into Australia’s only working repertory theatre; 5 different directors and a group of 5 actors will rehearse, produce and present 5 very different shows over the course of 5 weeks.
The lineup, chosen to reflect a typical repertory season, is as follows:
Week 1. November 6-10th. ‘Pygmalion’, directed by Daniel Lammin.
With this project 5pound theatre seeks to establish stronger roots in the community. This style of theatre has an immediacy and a vibrancy present that is largely lost with more rehearsed theatre. With the shortened rehearsal process a lot of discoveries are being made on the stage in front of the audience. Anything can, and sometimes does happen.
‘I have an incredibly romantic idea of the old theatres. I picture the high pressure, high stakes world of working rep’s. The round the clock intense pleasure of squeezing every drop of creative juice you can muster to get that show up there stomping the boards. The close relationship with the audience, the backstage mayhem, the full pelt, full time creative outpour, and a well earned applause at the end. If we can capture just a small taste of that… it will be a dream come true.’
By challenging the theatre makers in this way it is our belief that very quickly pretence and preciousness will be lost, barriers put up and broken down, endurance and concentration level questioned and challenged. But above all it will give those involved with an all new and everlasting appreciation for the term… the show must go on.Here is what people had to say about 5pound theatre…
“(5pound theatres) productions are well-thought-out, resourcefully staged and well-executed.” -Timeout.
(5pound Theatre) has a great deal to offer the artistic community of Australia and indeed the world.’ -Australian Stage
“5pound Theatre is for people who love theatre in the truest sense of the word.” - Milkbar Mag