The Voices Project: Between Us, ATYP

We have a highlight already for 2015 in ATYP’s own The Voices Project: Between Us. Under Sarah Parson’s expert directorial hand, 11 monologues are brought to life in the mystical maze-like Wharf theatre.

The audience web and weave through a forever transforming space as one by one we hear the deep, dark, heart-warming, comedic, distressing and delightful secrets of an ensemble of characters. From a blind girl wanting pink hair at the hairdressers to a boy’s fascination with ants as a balm for his anxiety to a young piano player’s obsessiveness over perfecting her craft while nursing a broken hand. These are just some of the compelling stories we peeping toms of the audience bear witness to.

Amanda Yeo in Pink Hair, part of The Voices Project. Photo by Tracey Schramm.
Amanda Yeo in Pink Hair, part of The Voices Project. Photo by Tracey Schramm.

Did I mention all cast and writers are under 25 years of age? If anyone felt that age was a suitable way to value the quality of work, this show will remedy that poor assumption. Monologues are a much-feared form of auditioning for actors for all the right reasons; a sustained period of talking to an invisible person can be daunting, especially without someone to bounce ideas off and gather impulses from. Monologues are tough yet we are treated to eleven well-executed and well-written pieces.

Not only is the quality of work high, the production values are superb. Alexander Berlage’s lighting design, Melanie Liertz’ set design and Felix Cross’ sound design work symbiotically to set a wonderfully creative playground for the monologues. Parsons’ guiding directorial hand (and Curtis Fernandez’ assistant direction) can be seen in every piece and their engaging transitions. Parsons is the star of this show. Her work is confident and inspired.

Of the pieces themselves, Rebecca Cuttance’s performance of Fiona Spitzkowsky’s “Accidents Happen” is a highlight with Cuttance’s lovable, sympathetic characterisation. Kelly Huynh’s performance of Amanda Yeo’s “Pink Hair” was endearing in its subtlety and quietude, and Katy Avery’s hardened but vulnerable execution of Kathleen Quere’s “Petrol Station” is another highlight.

What a thoroughly enjoyable night at the theatre with beautiful storytelling and captivating theatrical execution.

Maryann Wright

Maryann Wright is a performer and writer. She has a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Brent Street and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from The University of Sydney. Recent performance credits include Heart of a Dog (Australian premiere), Carrie (Squabbalogic) and Urinetown (Brent Street). She is currently shooting new Australian pilot TV show Subject To Change playing Karly.

Maryann Wright

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