The Seed: Perth Theatre Company

'The Seed' - at the Perth Theatre Company - opens itself up over and over again until a silent family battle becomes an international story about finding new life amongst the rubble of old wars.
The Seed: Perth Theatre Company
The Seed: Perth Theatre Company With riotous music and sound effects (Steve Toulmin) filling the theatre, and a set (Micka Agosta) that belies cosy and working class housing estate in 21st century England, the audience is enveloped in an expansive emotional landscape of three disparate generations of the Maloney family reuniting for a birthday celebration. Meet Rose Maloney. Her dad Danny went to Vietnam. Her grandfather Brian is ex-IRA. Today is their collective birthday, and Rose and Danny have travelled from regional Western Australia to Nottingham, England, to celebrate. And just maybe they’ll find out some of the missing bits of the family story. From this intimate reunion, The Seed opens itself up over and over again until a silent family battle becomes an international story about finding new life amongst the rubble of old wars. The play also lifts the lid on the murky legacy of Agent Orange use in the Vietnam War and its effects on the children of veterans. Iain Sinclair’s touching production boasts the talent of Helpmann Award-winning Kate Mulvany, Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award commission recipient and author of Blood and Bone, Story Time, Naked Ambition, Somewhere…, and . The three hander is delivered with great soul and perceptive performances by Ralph Cotterill, Kate Mulvany, and Pip Miller. Ralph Cotterill is a finely tuned performer whose believability in character as ‘Grandar’ convinces the audience and family alike that he is a modern man with ‘prospects’ however hackneyed. Kate Mulvany, as the youngest of the Maloney generation, is a woman tainted by her history played with great intelligence and flair. Yet for the burden of the play, Pip Miller, who experiences ‘whiteouts’ and constantly on his feet and the edge is transfixing in his part. The power of this trio brings home the atrocities and ludicrousness of war and feuding to a very engaged audience. Hovering behind the exhilarating broil, pain and humour of the action is an image of peace and of beginning again in a new land: father and daughter fishing in a tiny boat on the wide sea off the coast of Western Australia. Here is the heart of a great Australian theme complete with the coastal symbolism, placed where love is a primitive bonding experience and it is all in the telling that renders this production a beautiful bitter-sweet gem that deserves further life. The Seed: Perth Theatre Company by Kate Mulvany Dates: 02/06/2009–06/06/2009 Venues: The Playhouse Theatre - 3 Pier Street, Perth Performances: Tuesday 2 June 2009 at 7.30pm Wednesday 3 June 2009 at 7.30pm Thursday 4 June 2009 at 7.30pm Friday 5 June 2009 at 7.30pm Saturday 6 June 2009 at 2.15pm* and 7.30pm * Audio Descriptor available Tickets: Standard - $45.00 Concession - $37.50 Group (6+) - $37.50 Students Rush (15 minutes before the show) - $15.00 School Groups - $20.00 Booking made through BOCS Ticketing on 9484 1133 or online

Gillian Clark

Thursday 4 June, 2009

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Gill Clark is an arts hub reviewer based in Perth.