Tag: Ezel Doruk

REVIEW: Attic Erratic Presents TRIPPED

Significant, simmering theatre

By Myron My

Two men have each tripped a landmine; if either step off, they run the risk of blowing themselves apart. One is an Australian soldier trying to protect his country and the other is a Muslim civilian trying to protect his family. In Attic Erratic’s latest production for the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Tripped, these two men begin to realize that perhaps their differences are not so polarised after all.

Tripped

Nick Musgrove’s script is intense, and from early on my mind was racing as to how this was all going end. Although I did not artistically agree with the ending and found it somewhat self-indulgent, it was still unexpected and organic and drove home the issues of who exactly is the enemy and what do we fight for.

My other issue with Tripped was the role of the priest (Liam O’Kane). As a priest, the character seemed completely unaware of the gravity of the situation in which he found himself, and it felt like he was being played for comic relief rather than as a person whose helicopter has just crashed and killed seven men and who is caught in a war zone .

Overall though, Celeste Cody continues to impress with her direction, ensuring the tone and impact of the script remains constant as it is comes to life on stage. With the actors’ movements obviously limited, Cody ensures that engagement with the audience is maintained through other avenues, including the lighting and sound effects.

Angus Brown does a great job as Australian soldier Norm. He manages to show a human, troubled side to a character that could have easily just been an ignorant “jock” soldier if  given to the wrong actor. However, it is Ezel Doruk who really shines as Ahmed, the “rag head” civilian who gets caught in the crossfire. His performance of a man who falls victim to his circumstances and faith was emotive and raw. I thoroughly enjoyed the tête-à-tête between the two as the story built up to its dramatic conclusion.

With the recent news of terror arrests and killings happening in Australia, this is a timely reminder on how easily it is to get caught up in the propaganda of fighting a war we know or understand very little about. Tripped is yet another exciting topical piece of theatre by Attic Erratic – good writing, strong direction and gripping performances.

Venue: Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne

Season: Until 4 October | 6:30pm

Tickets: $24 Full | $19 Conc

Bookings: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au

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Review: TRANSIT at Gasworks

Buy the ticket, take the trip

By Christine Moffat

Transit is a story about travellers being thrown together by chance and trying to stay together on purpose.  This hour-long production for Midsumma Festival tells the stories of three young Australians living abroad, but it is also the universal story of the first taste of the ‘foreign’.  The three Aussies learn that sometimes travel is difficult, sometimes it’s sublime, but it’s always life-changing.

The show, devised and written by Troy Nankervis, is based on interviews conducted with travellers he met whilst travelling himself in the UK.  The result is a script with sections that are a little undramatic; perhaps these sections follow the interviews too faithfully.  That being said, most of the show is interesting and touching, and ably performed by the three actors. 

Transit

Ewan Whittle is amusing and surprising as the slightly disconnected Tyler.  Ella Di Marco is very watchable in her stage debut as Nicole.  Ezel Doruk who plays Kieran, also does well with difficult task of playing several small characters that help the story flow.

The overall style of this production is a slightly stilted mix of naturalistic and stylised elements.  I much preferred the stylised elements.  For example, director Cameron Stewart created a great series of silent tableaux performed during monologues with the non-speaking actors. I think the two styles would have combined much more successfully if both elements were heightened.

Everything is there in this show, but when working from real life, writers and directors often feel that dramatising will take away from the truth.  However, this  is theatre: I think that Nankervis has a knack for finding the important stories, and should give himself permission to ‘crank up’ his script so that more is at stake for the characters.

I believe that if the script had a little more bubbling beneath the surface, and the production smoothed out its style choices, this show has the potential to be challenging and moving play.  As it stands, Transit is a great piece of new Australian theatre, and an entertaining 60 minutes promising great things in the future from all involved.

Dates: Sat 23 Jan – Fri 1 Feb, 7pm

Venue: Studio Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, Cnr Graham & Pickles St, Albert Park

Tickets: $22 /$17 Conc

Bookings: www.gasworks.org.au/events/transit