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‘This Moment in Time’ by Alistair Ward Dir Mashaka Gunnulson Butterfly Club

Meredith Fuller
Meredith Fullerhttp://www.meredithfuller.com.au
OAM Psychologist, Author, Theatre Director, Spokesperson on psychology for the media, radio and TV. Current project: domestic violence film & e-book with @Mystical Dog Productions www.home-truths.com.au

Review by Meredith Fuller OAM Psychologist Author, (+ Assoc Producer/author e-book Multi Award Winning Film HOME TRUTHS on family violence)

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A delightful two-hander at the Butterfly Club this week ‘THIS MOMENT IN TIME’ by Alistair Ward features two accomplished actors in a queer, eavesdropping play about waiting at an airport terminal you will adore:

Ruby Vadiveloo as SAM

Alistair Ward as THEO

When two random strangers arrive at the airport they’re primed to expect the inevitable delays of the Summer rush. Sam, a sardonic artist lugs a suitcase full of standard issue family guilt back with her as she heads to a life and partner in New York that she no longer wants. Meet Theo New Age optimist trying to overcome a recent breakup by starting up a friendly conversation with a stranger. “Because if you’re not learning life lessons in transit…you’re probably stalled.”

Inspired by real conversations in airport terminals, this wry and thoughtful interaction invites Melbourne audiences to experience intimate confessions of painful truths and laughter between two mismatched passengers waiting to board their flight.

Exquisitely written 45 minute play by Alistair Ward who also plays THEO, this encounter between two odd confidantes results in mutual growth amidst poignancy and hearty laughter.

Both graduates of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the two actors have appeared off Broadway and in Melbourne’s Fringe Festivals, as well as in many other international productions.

Vadiveloo quickly establishes her complex character with superb facial expressions and cynical asides to the audience.

She eventually thaws into disclosure as a result of Ward’s disarming openness. The unfreezing of her well-defended nature with the unbounded geniality of Ward’s provide alchemical moments in time.

Clever writing and superb acting ensures an enjoyable, satisfying experience. Naturalistic and amusing characterisations hasten our empathy with an effective device of confiding with the audience using subtle lighting.

Ward’s character, Theo, is sweet and likeable; an easier undertaking than the impenetrable Sam, who takes us on a complex journey of her surrender to self-awareness and vulnerability. She wins our hearts and respect by remaining true to herself in the end. This is sophisticated, nuanced acting at its best.

Direction, Sound, Lighting, and Set is effective in its stripped back simplicity.

The venue is ideal, and the acting is entertaining and funny. We ‘know’ these characters, and we leave on a high. I urge you to go for a great night out.

Ward’s writing is perceptive, humorous, and familiar.

Vadiveloo is a versatile actor; believable in whatever role she’s cast in. You can see Vadiveloo’s gut-wrenching film performance by going to www.home-truths.com.au and clicking on WATCH FILM.

A Pansy Production of ‘This Moment in Time’  5 – 10 December

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‘this moment in time’ by alistair ward dir mashaka gunnulson butterfly club
this moment in time
Ruby Vadiveloo
Alistair Ward
‘this moment in time’ by alistair ward dir mashaka gunnulson butterfly club
Ruby Vadiveloo

 

 

 

Meredith Fuller

OAM Psychologist, Author, Theatre Director, Spokesperson on psychology for the media, radio and TV. Current project: domestic violence film & e-book with @Mystical Dog Productions www.home-truths.com.au

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