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Wolf Lullaby – Centrepiece Theatre

By boneym 9 August 2006 1

Just a bit of an plug for the last week of Centrepiece Theatre’s WOLF LULLABY at the Street Theatre Studio. Plays this Wed to Sat 7.30pm, with a 2pm Sat matinee. It’s pretty heavy going – but audiences have been finding it a remarkable production – see the reviews below. Centrepiece Theatre, a co-operative theatre company, have brought Canberra shows including ‘Tartuffe’, ‘Men’ and ‘The Miser’ since 2005.

Some of the reviews –

Jorian Gardner, Canberra Review (

“astonishingly moving and well-performed…”
“Director Jordan Best has done an amazing job pulling what was a production I wasn’t keen to see about I subject I had no real interest in, and turning it into a thought-provoking and superbly acted drama…”
“I urge you to see this production. It’s smart and punchy, but most of all it contains some of the best acting you could hope to see in local theatre. This play’s a keeper for sure – you will be thinking about it for hours afterwards…”

Frank McKone, Canberra Times:

“A concentrated intensity which builds characters and explores their relationships until an end point is reached artistically…”
“The result is tragedy on a personal scale, something like what Joyce called an epiphany – a new glimpse into an aspect of life, put into focus for us by the artist. It doesn’t explain the unexplainable, but now the world is a little different for the experience.”
“The actors each rise to the demands made of them, as has been the case in previous Centrepiece productions…The design and execution of the visual elements, and especially the audio setting, enhance the actors’ work very well.”

WOLF LULLABY by Hilary Bell
Now playing to Sat 12th August @ The Street Theatre Studio
Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sat matinee @ 2pm
Tickets: Adult $25 / Conc $20 / Wed & Matinees $15
Book at The Street 02 6247 1223

Cast: Lizzie – Tain Stangret, Angela – Veronica Merton, Warren- Jim Adamik, Ray – Jay Sullivan
Directed by Jordan Best
Set Design – Gillian Schwab, Lighting Design – Matt Balmford

“If Hilary Bell had written a TV movie, her play Wolf Lullaby would have ended very differently. A kind, hip social worker, perhaps portrayed by Oprah, would have intervened on behalf of Lizzie Gael and her dysfunctional family, solving their problems, reassuring us about the healing power of love. Instead, we have a play which examines a disturbing topic, the alleged murder of a child by a child, and doesn’t tack on pat answers to society’s problems, let alone provide us a happy ending. Wolf Lullaby unapologetically explores the potential for cruelty in small children. Is Lizzie Evil Incarnate, a Bad Seed for the 90s? Nothing in this play is that simple. Lizzie is adorable. She’s funny and creative, telling stories and drawing pictures. She could be any child you’ve ever met, or the child you once were, but her mother needs to make a choice between protecting her or doing what she thinks is right. The play is provocative and intelligently written, and you will leave the theatre discussing the issues raised by the play, which is a sign of good theatre.”

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simto 12:58 pm 09 Aug 06

Definately worth seeing (tonight or saturday matinee are particuarly cheap) – it’s intelligent, engaging theatre. And it’s over in about an hour, ten minutes. So you’ll probably be home by the time “Absolute Power” starts…

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