If you’re in Sydney in November (or if you live in Sydney) and are looking to experience Australia’s rich theatrical culture, you might want to check out Controlled Crying at the Beecroft Community Centre from the 7th to the 9th of November.
Controlled Crying is the product of Australian playwright, Ron Elisha, and tells the story of Libby and Oscar as they spend 27 years raising their daughter together. It’s a deep and realistic exploration of the roles, rules, joys and sorrows of parenting a child in the computer age.
This play is 100% Australian directed and produced by my good friend and wedding coordinator, Tracey Okebey, whose directorial style (as experienced during the many appointments I’ve had regarding the upcoming nuptials) I can only describe as authoritative, but open to suggestion.
The actors she’s picked for the project are pretty skilled too! Elizabeth Chambers, who is playing LIbby, is a veteran of community theatre. A childcare worker by day, astronomer and accountant student by night and performer whenever she’s free, Elizabeth is a bit of a star in the Beecroft community with roles such as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical and The Witch in Into the Woods. Plus, she’s also a director herself, having directed and written several pantomimes to date!
David Roberts, the mysterious man playing Oscar, is a prolific Facebook poster and semi-employed teacher who moonlights as a man with a laptop and serious purpose.
Tracey herself is no slouch either. A veteran of the acting community, she’s directs a large number of plays per year. According to the status reports I’ve had from her, the performance is in its final stages and coming together well. She’s working hard to get her actors to delve deep into Libby and Oscar’s unspoken lives to get the strong intensity of emotion that the play requires. Under her direction, Controlled Crying promises to be an emotionally intense experience.
Controlled Crying will be staged at the Beecroft Community Centre on 111 Beecroft Road in Beecroft on Friday 7th November to Sunday 9th November. Tickets cost $15 – $20 and can be purchased at here.
Don’t miss it!