A psycho /
sexual odyssey spanning more than fifty years intrudes into a house
of mirrors where an old man is confronted by the woman who was once
Hebe, the goddess of youth. Our Lady By
The Beach Over The Sea is a haunting
reflection on the near impossibility of love in a
Our Lady By The Beach Over
The Courtyard Studio
Canberra Theatre Centre
20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 February
1, 2 March 8.00pm
matinee Sunday 24 Feb at 5.30pm
begins 2013 with Our Lady By The Beach
Over The Sea.
dreams and memory distort the past only to pre-empt the future
of dreams and images, it involves operatic influences and fluid image theatre!
it all About?
about the deceptive nature of dreams, illusion and idealism
compounded by artistic inspiration. The narrative deals with a
meeting between an aging man and his muse of fifty years earlier;
that woman he painted, wrote poems for, and then waited a lifetime to
recover her love. But his meeting uncovers an unexpected and yet
revealing aspect of the world of the sea and the shore. There is no
static or balanced universe but only an uncompromising clash within nature.
John Keats' poems Lamia and The Fall of Hyperion and
utilising spoken text, music, operatic voices, Butoh dance, image
theatre and digital video Our Lady By The Beach Over The Sea
will certainly stimulate your dreams and challenge your known world.
HOUSE PITS is
Canberra's leading experimental theatre offering an alternative
laboratory and performance arena utilizing drama, dance, digital /
photographics on-stage, on-screen, on-line to explore the psyche of
culture. It began in 1995 under the name PITS Productions and became Shadow
in 1998. However, its genesis goes back to 1980 with the partnership
of David Bates and Joe Woodward and their innovative production of Don's
Party in dinner theatre at The Park Royal to an audience of over
6,000 people. The operation of PITS Theatre and Bar between 1981 and
June 1984 saw over 27,000 people pay to attend theatrical
presentations and over 43,000 to attend live music performances. It
was highly unconventional theatre to say the least.
from more traditional theatre goers, along with sporadic violence
towards staff and actors resulted during some PITS' offerings. Still,
audiences came and performers got paid. Both Bates (now the owner and
operator of The Famous Spiegaltent)
and Woodward continued to develop and present innovative more
imaginative experimental offerings; though in vastly different fields.
work as writer/director with Human Veins Dance Theatre resulted in
the highly successful though controversial Eclipse
'86 choreographed by John
Salisbury with Don Asker as lead dancer / actor. His Acting
Artaud presented at The Street
Theatre and The Seymour Centre in 2004 resulted in requests from
students and teachers at Universities and colleges throughout the
world seeking assistance with their own understanding of Artaud's
work. Theatre In A Car presented
in association with Jorian Gardner (2007, 2008, 2009) opened new
theatrical possibility in Canberra. Most recently, the innovative
Trinculo's Bathtub premiered as part of the Short and Sweet Festival.
Our Lady By
The Beach Over The Sea will
be performed at The Canberra Theatre Centre Courtyard Studio in