DIRECTOR’S NOTE: Merv Prior, Karla Hubbard and Rhonny Mackenzie take directions from Joumana Jeffers during rehearsals of When Dad Married Fury at Pelican Playhouse.
DIRECTOR’S NOTE: Merv Prior, Karla Hubbard and Rhonny Mackenzie take directions from Joumana Jeffers during rehearsals of When Dad Married Fury at Pelican Playhouse. Bill North

Set stripped back to reveal so much more in the script

A STRIPPED back set with minimal costume changes will switch focus to the important messages conveyed in When Dad Married Fury.

That's the intention of director Joumana Jeffers for the stage play written by Australian playwright David Williamson when it opens at Pelican Playhouse next Friday, April 1 .

"To take away adornments and have a relatively bare stage means people will listen to the words and watch the show," she said.

"Theatre is an entirely different experience to film and we're never going to compare when trying to replicate foyers and hotel rooms, so let's not. Let's strip it right back and let's listen to what David Williamson has to say."

When Dad Married Fury is set post-global financial crisis. The play opens with brothers Ian and Ben struggling to come to terms with their wealthy father's recent marriage to an American beauty queen.

"The play is so pertinent, so contemporary," Jeffers said. "Every single one of us was affected in some way by the global financial crisis and can all understand it from a certain angle.

"But I think it talks about much deeper things like family dynamics, relationships and the greed of the whole of society - that it's perfectly alright for two men to assume they have the right to their dad's money.

"Put aside how he got his money - we might disapprove of that too - but this notion that we deserve 'because'."

Jeffers comes from professional acting roots in London and delved into directing for the first time in 2014 with the Criterion Theatre's Noises Off and followed up with Cosi at the Pelican in 2015.

On stage, she was a smash as the Arabic-speaking narrator in the cutting edge production of The Other Side which drew its curtains to sold out audiences at the Pelican last weekend.

With seats still warm and Jeffers' expertise at the helm, When Dad Married Fury is bound to keep the party pumping at the playhouse.



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