Previously seen in Melbourne and on tour:The Zipper comedy by Bernard Clancy Opening Season: October 2018 at Richmond Theatrette - Following open heart surgery, our internal wiring goes a little haywire – and the results, surprisingly, can be absolutely hilarious!Our heart objects to having been interfered with, stopped and bypassed for a period even, and quite mysteriously gives instructions to the mind to seek revenge! To stuff things around a little. “Do not,” surgeons warn their patients, “make any major decisions for quite some time after your operation because you’re NQR — Not Quite Right.”In the retirement village Emerald Waters, a group of heart bypass patients in rehab are learning to deal with this. Bernard Clancy’s stunningly poignant and heartfelt play “The Zipper” tells their stories, from serious to downright hilarious and zany. One thing’s for sure, their closeted little world will never be the same again…The last time playwright Bernard Clancy teamed up with the inimitable director Wolf Heidecker for Clancy’s compellingly powerful play “Foxholes of the Mind” for performances at La Mama and on tour throughout Victoria, their work was highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its edge-of-the-seat entertainment.“The Zipper” is just as sharp. And the humor cuts like a heart surgeon’s scalpel!Produced by WHAM - Written by Bernard Clancy - Directed by Wolf HeideckerFeaturing Phil Roberts, David Macrae, Rosemary Johns, Phil Zachariah, Donna Barnard, Vixey Teh, Rosalind Romney, Karan BahtiaSet Design Sarah Yeung - LX/Designer+Op Richard Lyford-Pike –Production Assistant Natulie Moffatt, Stage Hand Ethan Moffat
Geli – Hitler’s Niece, Hitler’s lover by Enzo Condelloat the Richmond Theatrette April/May 2018
An unsung heroine of modern history, Geli Raubal was Adolf Hitler’s one true love. A girl who believed that love and love alone was strong enough to turn the evilest of men. Enzo Condello’s masterful depiction of the events surrounding this tempestuous affair will have you riveted from the moment the play begins and have you wondering whether the course of history could have truly been altered…. Renowned director, Wolf Heidecker has created a production that magnificently conveys the brutal atmosphere of Germany in the 1930s.Theatre lovers will be thrilled to witness Condello’s latest offering in his inimitable writing style that has previously received the following praise. ‘It feels like the sort of play Shakespeare or Seneca himself might have written; the horror and violence contrasted with lofty, stirring verse’ - John Bell, Bell Shakespeare Company ‘Condello is Shakespearean in stature.’ - Simon Piening, Melbourne Stage. ‘Condello is, without doubt, a great writer’ - Catherine Lambert, Herald Sun. ‘It’s simply as if Condello decided to write a Shakespearean tragedy and then went ahead and did it. Theatre of this imaginative ambition is rare anywhere’- Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes. “(Condello’s) language has moments of radiance…modern ideas are beautifully expressed here with a strongly feminist understanding of the limitations of a woman’s life at the tim” - Liza Dezfouli, Australianstage.com.au.The cast includes: Kelley Kerr Young as Geli Raubal Matthew Richard Walsh as Adolf HitlerJonathon Harris as Heinrich HimmlerBen Byurne as Dr Joseph Goebbels Caroline Ferguson as Angela Raubel Simone Bergamin as Eva Braun Sets & Artwork by Sarah Yeung (Cracked Actors) Publicity by Cracked Actors Written by Enzo Condello Produced by Globe PlayersWhat if? This is a question each and every-one has asked themselves at least once in their lives. What if? The great Hypothetical, the question that excludes its own answer.It is a fact of life that none of us could have achieved what we have achieved without a support team - first and foremost our families and personal partners/spouses. The price of accepting support is accepting being influenced though, both ways good or bad.History holds many examples of famous people from science, the arts, the corporate world and politics where such influence often had significant impact on entire societies, e.g. Caesar/Cleopatra, Moa Tse Tung/Jiang Qing, Joseph Stalin/Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Rolihlahla (Nelson) Mandela/Winni, John Lennon/Yoko Ono, Marie Curie/Pierre, Mahatma Gandhi/Kasturba, Golda Meir/Morrwas Meyerson, Albert Einstein/Elsa (his first cousin by the way), etc.Most of extraordinary individuals who shaped history owe their successes their talent, their ambitions, their tactical abilities and hard work, however, no one - especially in politics - could accomplish anything without their cohorts, their disciples, their advisors and spin doctors who often pursue own agendas by hiding behind a leader, regardless how psychotic or sociopathic this 'Figurehead' may be. Moreover, the invisible army behind dictators, oligarchs, captains of industry, inventors and explorers know how to exploit their Fuehrer's strengths, weaknesses and, most importantly, flaws. And it is these flaws that make some people so dangerous.Geli - Hitler's Niece is not a documentary though it is very much fact based, it is not a historical drama though its protagonists have shaped world history, it is a human drama about passion, power, love and politics - a story prone to repeat itself, again and again."Hitler wird er zwar nicht mehr heissen, aber was heisst das schon." (His name won't be Hitler again, but what's in a name).
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