‘Love and Hate’ reviewed by Gordon the Optom

by February 11, 2016

‘Love and Hate’ is a collection of three vibrant and quixotic duologues, written by WA’s number one, award winning comedy playwright, Damon Lockwood. For more than a decade now, his zany, adult humour has guaranteed sell-out houses; but here, Damon boldly tries three, completely different more serious styles, all of which work immaculately.

This 50-minute, World Premiere Lockwood Production is at FringeWorld, in ‘The Flaming Locomotive’ theatrette, opposite the main entrance to the Museum in the James Street Mall.

Curtain up at 6.30 each evening until Saturday 20th February.

The central feature of the set is a clever combination of a fridge, a bookcase and a laundrette washing machine, all ingeniously combined into a three-sided unit. Another most effective idea from Cherie Hewson, who designed the set and costumes.

The lighting and sound, along with the stage management, was by Andre Van Vulpen.

 

        ‘Text’     In the middle of the night, a woman (Talei Howell-Price) wakes up to find that her wonderful, loving husband of ten years (Benj D’Addario) is sitting in the kitchen drinking gin. He seems depressed, and has bottled up a Pandora’s Box of emotions that he is itching to unload onto his caring wife.

A very powerfully written piece, filled with genuine tension and written with a duologue that is completely believable. As the act progresses, the layers build on each other until the pressure is palpable. Superbly acted.

 

       ‘Williamsburg’     a young Australian girl (Emily Rose Brennan) has been on a working holiday in America, where she met a handsome young man (Christopher Sansoni). Unfortunately his attitude to life is a little immature, and when she asks him to come back to Australia with her, this ‘mummy’s boy’ seems less than agreeable.

Most people will regrettably have had a similar relationship, and so appreciate the heartache it causes. Again, beautifully scripted, handled and presented, with some delicately handled emotion that could have so easily been killed by overacting.

A brave move to try something so new for the first two plays and they worked wonderfully well.

      ‘Let’s Launder Together!’     When a young man (Barnaby Pollock) arrives at the laundrette for the hundredth time, he suddenly realises that on this visit – for the first time ever – the girl of his dreams (Salacia Briggs) is sitting waiting for her machine to stop. Should he approach her? Or will he be rejected?

Damon’s usual genre of work, with his precise quality and talented observation in every line. Barnaby captured the depraved young man, who despite his age was still in his pubescent stage. His cheeky grin, hilarious. Salacia played it cool, whilst being equally excited. This script was Lockwood as we know him.

Three plays which gave a good and varied mix. Top class.

A night of huge entertainment was guaranteed – they kept their word.