Posted by KB on July 30, 2009
Theatre Forward is an alliance of graduates from NIDA’s directing course last year. Their debut production, The Sneeze, is a collection of five of Anton Chekhov’s adapted comic vaudevilles. Far from being heavy and dark, it was actually very funny. Who knew Chekhov could be so humorous? The Michael Frayn translated pieces are presented by five directors and five actors in this Australian premiere. It’s an exciting experiment and a testament of good things to come for this new collaboration.
I must admit, I did question the choice of Chekhov for such a young, dynamic group of directors, but their adaptation feels fresh and contemporary.
Being of the MTV generation, we love short stuff, so five short acts suits my tiny attention span beautifully. And as each one is presented by different directors, they all have a unique flavour.
The performances are tight, very physical and all consuming and we were along for the ride from the moment the lights came up.
It’s amazing to think these guys pulled the whole show together in three weeks. I think it’s safe to say there are exciting things to come for Theatreforward.
The Sneeze runs from Wed July 29th – Sat Aug 1st at NIDA Parade Studio, 215 Anzac Pde, Kensington.