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Geelong Rep brings modern fantasy to life

Vaseline 2 months ago

Matt Hewson

The 1950s burst back into the present as Geelong Repertory Theater Company kicks off an eleven-show series of Home, I’m Darling tonight.

Geelong Rep’s 2018 production of Laura Wade’s dark comedy runs from April 19 to May 4 at the Woodbin Theater in Geelong West and features a stellar cast including local actors Gracie Rogers, David Keele, Amy Lowe, Mitchell O’Neill, Katie Hall and Libby Host. .

The play, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2019, explores issues surrounding love, cake and the quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife.

Director Robyn Birrell said the work struggled with serious problems, covered in glossy colors.

“There is a big element to the different forms of feminism; it’s also about the clash between generations, mothers and daughters who believe in different things,” Birrell said.

“It’s about cultural issues in the workplace, touching on what may have been acceptable in the 1950s, but is no longer acceptable. The financial pressure on marriages is also examined; what you want to achieve together in your life and what is actually possible depending on the income you can generate.

“And it’s really colorful and exciting to watch. The set is the perfect 1950s dollhouse, the costumes are the 1950s swinging skirts, the hair is fantastic… There’s a lot of great semi-rock and roll, early Elvis, the Platters, we dance also a little.

“But the idea that it’s all frothy, fluffy and pink is wrong. (It’s this) journey of: How do we protect ourselves from the scary world out there by creating a bubble of perfection, and can you sustain it?

Visitigelongrep.com for tickets and more information.