Theatre@Risk
Past Productions & Reviews 2004

7 DAYS 10 YEARS

by Louis Milutinovic with Larissa Gallagher, Ernie Gray, Simon Kingsley Hall, Odette Joannidis, Laura Lattuada, Anastasia Malinoff, Steve Mouzakis & Sergio Tell

Directed by Chris Bendall          
Produced by Kirrilly Brentnall

Originally performed 6 November – 21 November 2004 at Theatreworks

Set & Costume Design:  Peter Corrigan     
Lighting Design:  Nick Merrylees                      

Original Music & Sound Composition:  Phil McLeod

Stage Manager: Sarah Blakely                 
Production Manager: Emily O’Brien

                                        

‘7 Days 10 Years is an absorbing play that receives from [director] Chris Bendall and Theatre@Risk a full-blooded, thought-provoking and powerful dramatisation. Fine acting from this hard-working cast contributes enormously to the play's emotional impact.’

Helen Thomson, The Age, November 9, 2004

“A night of theatre about the Balkan wars doesn't sound like an attractive proposition but Theatre@Risk's production manages to be entertaining without compromising on its vehement anti-war message. 7 Days 10 Years's exploration into the casualties of war is powerful drama.”

The Australian, November 8, 2004

GREEN ROOM AWARD WINNER

BEST WRITING 2004

TERRORISM

by the Presnyakov Brothers

Translated by Sasha Dugdale

With Paul Denny, Julie Eckersley, Luke Elliot, Lyndal Hall, Sophie Kelly, Romy Loor, Adam May

& Paul Reichstein

Directed by Victor Bizzotto

Originally performed 26 August  - 12 September 2004 at Fortyfivedownstairs

Set Design: Douglas Iain Smith    
Costume Design:  Ellen Turner  Lighting Design: Nick Merrylees   Original Music & Sound Composition: Kelly Ryall
Producer: Chris Bendall               
Stage Manager: Jo Roberts

 “Terrorism continues Theatre @ Risk’s penchant for producing disjointed, stridently political and non-naturalistic drama. Poised on the edge of hysteria or paranoia… the eight person ensemble offers energy and grim humour, while the complimentary set and music score are well crafted”

Thuy On, The Australian

Terrorism  has a tension and edginess not often seen in our local writing, which requires, and gets from Victor Bizzotto’s tight direction, ensemble work of a high standard… This is a play and an excellent production, that send us off into the night in a disturbingly thoughtful frame of mind, thanks again to Theatre @ Risk’s enterprising charter.”

Helen Thomson, The Age

GREEN ROOM AWARD NOMINEE
BEST FEMALE ACTOR

ARABIAN NIGHT

by Roland Schimmelpfennig

translated by David Tushingham

With Joshua Hewitt, Odette Joannides, Josephine Keen, Rob Meldrum & David Michel

Directed by Chris Bendall

Originally performed 10 February – 22 February 2004 at Fortyfivedownstairs

Set Design: Danielle Harrisson
Costume Design: Emily Barrie
Lighting Design: Marco Respondeck
Original Music & Sound Design: Kelly Ryall
Producer Simon Kingsley Hall
Stage Manager: Caitlin Nunn
Production Manager: Emily O’Brien

“Arabian Night is theatre careening at top speed down narrow streets, laughing at scared pedestrians and flipping the finger to its red faced pursuers. Its a show that impresses through sheer velocity. There will be few unimpressed by this dense, eerie production."
John Bailey, Beat, 2004

" Arabian Night is a delight; that rare and exciting phenomenon, something that stretches the imagination in unexpected ways... Once again we owe thanks to a fringe company for a glimpse of some of the most exciting contemporary drama from outside Australia."
Helen Thomson, The Age, 2004

“Arabian Night is a highly evocative production. Theatre@Risk’s staging represents a triumph for Bendall and the actors, particularly Josephine Keen and stalwart Robert Meldrum.”
Realtime, 2004

" Arabian Night.... is an all-round winner. From eerie sound and music composition to inspired direction and consistently bold performances from the amazing cast. Theatre @ Risk's production is quite possibly unlike anything you've seen before. You really will leave the performance feeling as if you've just woken from a strange and exquisite dream."
Louise Jones, Inpress, 2004

GREEN ROOM AWARD WINNER
BEST SOUND DESIGN 2004

OTHER THEATRE @ RISK EVENTS

* LOVE IT BALL
Directed by Simon Kingsley Hall, St Kilda Town Hall, July 2004