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PLAY A RARE BEAST, JOY TO WATCH

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SYDNEY BRIDGE UPSIDE DOWN
Adapted from the novel by David Ballantyne
by Taki Rua Productions
Directed by James Ashcroft

at Downstage Theatre, Wellington
From 21 Jun 2013 to 6 Jul 2013
[2 hrs 5 mins, incl. interval. R 13.]

Reviewed by Michaela Manley, 24 Jun 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post

Director James Ashcroft writes on Taki Rua's website that his desire to adapt David Ballantyne's novel for the stage arose from a personal connection to his own childhood experiences. He invites us to a live conversation between Ballantyne and the art of theatre.

Set and costume designer Kasia Pol uses surfaces, angles, and materials that appear lean and stark, yet are a rich, elegant bed for interactions between audio visual elements and performers. Projections add to the sense of dimension and the imagery has strong identity, whether underpinning the intensity on stage or coming to the fore as a feature in its own right. [More]
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