THEATRE REVIEW: How to Direct from Inside

How to Direct from Inside was a rather abstract piece of theatre. Written about the myriad of psychological characters we all have contained inside of us and the roles that these characters consequently play in the world, it was a therapists dream or nightmare come true.
THEATRE REVIEW: How to Direct from Inside
How to Direct from Inside was a rather abstract piece of theatre. Written about the myriad of psychological characters we all have contained inside of us and the roles that these characters consequently play in the world, it was a therapists dream or nightmare come true. Firstly we meet the main character ‘Blue’ (played by Kiloran Hiscock). With a done-up face and a jacket full of pockets, she slowly lets us into her world and introduces us to each of her inner ‘cast of characters’ one by one. To beging with there are her ‘organs’ - Illia ‘the brain’ or the Director (played by Charlotte Strantzen), young Susie ‘the memory’ (played by Steph Lillis), Jacquiline ‘the imagination’ (played by Syrie Payne), Anne ‘the red blood’ (played by Amy Jenkins) and Kat ‘the blue blood’ (played by Kate Dix). Then there are her ‘Cast of dolls’ encompassing several different versions of her personality – Alison ‘Childlike Blue’, Sarah ‘Teenage Blue’, Natasha ‘Domestic-in-love-Blue’, Briony ‘Studious Blue’ Maggie ‘Creative Performer Blue’, Alex ‘Blue at work’ and finally Eve’ the more holistic blue’. Although I did read my program, (which didn’t seem to help) I personally couldn’t keep up with who was who and what was what in the whole scheme of things. I also couldn’t understand why it was part of the Midsumma Festival when it only had a slight reference to a lesbian affair taking place. But perhaps this is not a major issue for the festival, as several other shows do not have an overtly homosexual subject matter either. But in saying this, there were a few things that did stick out in my mind. The date in the ladies toilets located the 35th floor of the Sofitel Hotel conjured up an interesting visual picture in my mind as did the ‘Director’ drinking wine from an Arts Hub coffee cup. Was this a coincidence I wondered or did she know I was going to be in the audience that night? Ultimately the production was not all bad however. The acting was of a good quality, the sound-scape was well designed, and I enjoyed that the quirky set was littered with dolls, cards, little teapots, coffee beans and a rickety wooden ladder. But at the end of the day the cacophony of internal and external psyches that made up How to Direct from Inside would have made Sigmund Freud somewhat confused. My final note: A good attempt at producing a challenging piece of writing. WHAT: HOW TO DIRECT FROM INSIDE WHERE: LA MAMA THEATRE (Part of the 2009 Midsumma Festival) WRITTEN BY: EPHINY GALE DIRECTED BY: CLARA PAGONE

Melynda von Derksen

Monday 2 February, 2009

About the author

Melynda is a Melbourne based freelance photographer, arts manager and fashion stylist who enjoys creating her own projects and reinventing herself on a continual basis. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996 where she majored in technical production in theatre, she has worked as a lighting designer, stage manager and theatre all rounder for many of Melbourne's best known creative companies. Eager to expand on her professional career, in 2004 she undertook a post graduate degree in arts management at the University of Melbourne. Since then she has worked in the area of arts administration and has used her skills to coordinate many successful cabaret events around town. As well as being part of the La Mama family for almost a decade, she continues to stick her finger in every type of creative pie that life has to offer. She is currently researching and writing a photographic book based on the history of the Melbourne Punk scene (1977 - onwards), which she hopes will be published in the next few years.