The Depot Theatre presents
Through a Beaded Lash
by Robert Allan
A new Australian play that bears witness to a time of love, loss and community.
25 November - 12 December 2015
The Depot Theatre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Director Julie Baz
Designer David Jeffrey
Cast Leo Domigan, Ryan Henry, Emily McGowan, Cherilyn Price, Oliver Rynn, Roger Smith
"Beyond the great emotional arch of the play, the plot and its characters will live with me for decades to come...I unabashedly implore you with utmost sincerity to see Through a Beaded Lash." W. Todd Macgowan, SAME SAME
"A meditation on trauma as well as friendship, Through a Beaded Lash is a potent, thought provoking piece of theatre, that movingly recalls those lost – and those left behind." WHAT'S ON SYDNEY
"Both funny and touching, Through a Beaded Lash is a powerful call both to remember the dead and to remember to live." THEATRE RED
"Playwright Robert Allan peoples his stage with beautifully drawn characters...witty, funny..the play is free flowing and intricately plotted" SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE
"This is an immensely enjoyable evening of theatre, particularly (though not limited to) anyone who lived through the 80s; so take your tissues, put on your ‘Relax’ t-shirt and get to Marrickville before this production finishes." THE BUZZ FROM SYDNEY
"There is lightness, fun and banter but it is also touching and insightful with a bitter sweet edge that cuts a little deeper towards the end. This moment beautifully and painfully encapsulating the enormity of the loss." THEATRE NOW
"Allan’s script is deliberately light in tone, but its heavy heart is palpable and unambiguous. The play’s nostalgic quality will appeal to many...ultimately, Through A Beaded Lash is a remarkably moving play." SUZY GOES SEE
"Through a Beaded Lash is funny, enjoyable and nuanced." ARTS HUB
Production shots by Clare Hawley; promo shots b y David Jeffrey
8pm Wed-Sat, 5pm Sun
(Previews Wed 25 and Thurs 26 Nov, no performance Sat 5 Dec )
$29 Full | $24 Concession | $24 Groups of 10
$20 Wednesdays | $20 School Students | $20 Previews
A shameless nostalgic purge bearing witness to a time of love, loss and community. What did the drag entertainers of the 1980’s see through their beaded lashes as they performed for a community in the grips of the AIDS epidemic?
Oxford Street's ‘golden mile’ has lost its shine and Adam’s gay bookshop has gone bust after 25 years. Not that Adam cares; he made a fortune selling his little shop to a developer. Zoe, Adam’s informal business partner, is not so blasé about these turn of events and urges him to use their last day in the shop as a time to reflect on their friendship, which dates back to 1984. Zoe is not being sentimental when she brings in an old tea-chest unopened for many years, filled with artefacts of their lives back in the 1980’s, when the AIDS crisis began to take away their friends and eventually their own sense of life. Their old lives emerge from the chest, having remained unopened and unexamined for many years, along with some laughs and a few regrets. Zoe may have found a way back to the land of living, but will Adam?
Robert Allan studied playwriting at Griffin Theatre and NIDA Open, and has a degree in Theatre Studies and Psychology from the University of NSW. His full-length works An Ordinary Person (2013) and The Complete Package (2011) were produced by Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) and have been published by the Australian Script Centre. His short plays Serenity (2011) and Something to do with Toads (2010) were produced by Short & Sweet (Sydney).
Leo Domigan - ADAM
Cherilyn Price - ZOE
Leo Domigan is a Sydney-based actor whose recent theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard (playing Gaev) for The Depot Theatre, Convict Footprints (Thomas James), The Birdcage (Senator Keeley), The Crucible (Dep. Gov. Danforth), Hamlet (Polonius), Othello (Brabantio), Stories from the 428 (various), and Cosi (Roy). He has also acted in several independent feature films and television roles and a number of short films and corporate videos. His most recent television appearances were in the ABC documentary The Years That Made Us (playing Prime Minister Scullin) and Deadly Women (Beyond Productions). He also has an ongoing role as Kevin in The Film Lab web series. In 2008 he won the Best Male Actor award at the Ignite 2008 Christian Film Festival.
Cherilyn has been performing for many years in locations across Sydney and has collaborated with The Depot Theatre’s founders Julie Baz and David Jeffrey for the past 20 years both on and off stage. Through a Beaded Lash will be her fourth involvement with Robert Allan’s plays. Acting credits include in 2013 when she was cast in Friday by Daniela Giorgi and An Ordinary Person by Robert Allen for Sydney Independent Theatre Company at the Old Fitzroy Theatre. She also had the pleasure of performing the role of Older Elizabeth in When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and Rhonda in the premiere of The Complete Package by Robert Allen at SITCO in Newtown. Further credits include The Liar’s Bible by Fiona Samuels and some delicious Shakespearean characters in Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Comedyof Errors and Much Ado about Nothing, all produced by Sydney Shakespeare Festival in the glorious outdoor setting of Bicentennial Park Glebe. Cherilyn has also performed in Go Theatre’s productions of Jim Cartwright’s Two and Serial Killers by James Griffin at the Roxbury Hotel.
Ryan Henry - BRENT
Ryan has been taking part in live theatre for as long as he can remember and he is thrilled to be a part of The Depot Theatre’s production of Through a Beaded Lash. Having taken on various roles over his hardly lived life, he is excited to be bringing Brent to the stage, a character unlike any he has played before. Previous credits include Mungojerrie in Cats (BMMS), Emmett Forest in Legally Blonde (WPA) and Alan DeLuca in A Chorus Line (WPA) to name a few. Ryan’s enthusiasm for all things theatre have allowed him to pursue technical aspects in the craft, having also stage managed numerous production including The Who’s Tommy (BMMS) and The Shape of Things (JTS Productions) for the Sydney Fringe Festival. Ryan is now at the end of a Bachelor of Art’s degree with a major in theatre studies at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. There he has achieved top of the theatre course for the past two years.
Oliver Rynn - YOUNG ADAM
Oliver is an actor, director and occasional musician. He recently finished a BA in Screen and Stage acting at Charles Sturt University and spent some time studying the Meisner Technique at the Actors Pulse in Redfern. Credits include 24 Hour Theatre Project, Blackbox Theatre, Wilde Fragmentations, DRAMAC, The Crucible, UTE, Alex West and The Echo of Death, CSU, The Three Penny Opera, UTE, Changi, CSU, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Roseleigh Productions and Ruben Guthrie (UTE). He has also been honing his skills at Script in Hand at the Blood-moon Theatre with Actors Anonymous He's really thrilled to be here to assist in telling this beautiful story.
Emily McGowan - YOUNG ZOE
Emily is a passionate actor who works in both theatre and film. She graduated from Wesley Institute with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2013. She has also seen her craft take her across the world to study screen acting in Los Angeles at The Acting Corps. Emily is very passionate about Sydney’s theatre scene and has worked on a number of projects with Matriark Theatre Company; including HalfWorld a children’s puppetry show in 2013 and 2014. And Godface, an original work which was performed in June this year at the Old 505 Theatre. She has also seen her herself dressed as a convict and telling the story of Bella Vista Farm, in a production of Convict Footprints earlier this year. Emily recently performed in the inaugural production at The Depot Theatre, The Cherry Orchard, and their 2nd production, Ghosts and is thrilled to be back on stage at The Depot Theatre again, so soon.
Roger Smith - PHIL
Roger has appeared in Sam Shepherd’s Icarus’ Mother and John Power’s Last Of The Knucklemen (in the role of Methuselah). Roger appeared in the Short and Sweet Short Plays Festival 2004 in Ready To Fit Pergola Kit, which was voted the Overall People’s Favourite Play. He has also appeared in many short films and feature films including Ivan Sen’s AFI Multi-Award-winning film Beneath Clouds. Recently he was Magistrate Schwarten in the acclaimed docudrama Westbrook. He recently finished working on the feature film Body In The Yard by Stephen Wallace. With Bard On The Beach he appeared in Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. And with the Sydney Shakespeare Festival (SSF) he has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Measure For Measure, Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, Romeo And Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Merchant Of Venice, Comedy Of Errors and Macbeth. He appeared in The Depot Theatre’s first production, The Cherry Orchard. He also featured in Robert Allan's first full length play, The Complete Package for SITCO is extremely looking forward to appearing in Allan's new play, Through A Beaded Lash.