Andrew Bambach - who plays Lyndon in the production
Andrew Bambach - who plays Lyndon in the production "Welcome to ... The other side" at the Pelican Playhouse. Adam Hourigan

Take a journey to The Other Side

TAKE a trip to The Other Side in March and explore the dark, steam punk, cabaret world of the Pelican Playhouse which sits on banks of the majestic Clarence River in South Grafton.

Once inside you will witness a gypsy band weave their jazz tunes through a personal journey to answer these questions: What is The Other Side, who will you find there and what brought them across?

This mysterious sounding production is the second instalment in The Other Side theme, which debuted during last year's Plunge festival.

Producer, director and one of its stars, Sammy Lovejoy, said while the show is brand new it will be a continuation of the different characters and theme from the first production but a different storyline.

"We are having proper rehearsals this time so it should be even better."

Jordan Smith - who plays Algie - in the production
Jordan Smith - who plays Algie - in the production "Welcome to ... The other side" at the Pelican Playhouse. Adam Hourigan

Sammy said the concept is all about exploring who these people are, and where they have been.

"The Other Side can mean many things to different people. It could mean the other side of the river, the other side of life and death, the other side of grief and emotions, the other side of culture and the world, the other side of sexuality and religion. We delve into all these topics because we are all on the other side of something, physically and emotionally."

Characters include a 16-year-old boy Algie, Gwen, the newcomer, who is in her late 40s and Dunia who's the boss and in her 50s.

Sammy said the production is an all-original concept devised by herself and partner Danny Loyden and features all-original material.

"All the songs are original, and the dialogue and dance. All the characters have been developed by the actors through group discussion. There will be some improvising but not a lot of dialogue."

And while most of the show will be musically delivered with the help of a live band, there will be some spoken word, comedy and a burlesque element. "It's a M-rated (15 years +) show with a couple of surprises in store for those who dare to visit The Other Side."

KEY INFO:

The Other Side will be on stage at 7.30pm this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 17 to 19) at the Pelican Playhouse at 81 Through St, South Grafton.

Tickets are $18/$15 members/concession and available at South Grafton News & Gifts, 6642 3027.

 

COMING UP:

As soon as The Other Side bumps out the cast of When Dad Married Fury will move in to the Pelican Playhouse for their performance of the David Williamson play.

Directed by Joumana Jeffers (Noises Off, Cosi), When Dad Married Fury is scheduled for evening performances on April 1, 2, 8 and 9 and 2pm matinees on April 3 and 10.



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