Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Set Stripped to Reveal So Much More

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Set Stripped to Reveal So Much More

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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. …

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