WHAT COMMUNITY THEATRE IS ALL ABOUT
Dora Gillett, Jan 9 2018
Make a date with community theatre and you’re in for a great night out. OutInCanberra columnist Dora Gillett recently took in a show – and she’ll definitely be back for more.
Paper Cuts was a lot of fun to watch, and I suspect it’s a lot of fun to act in as well. The show presented Kirsty Budding’s new selection of monologues for actors – the kind you’d use for an audition or an assessment piece – performed by actors who fit the roles like a glove. Set in Canberra Theatre Centre’s tiny Courtyard Studio, this is community theatre as it should be.
My favourite thing about Paper Cuts was the diversity of voices it puts on show. It elevates some narratives that aren’t widely heard from. Particularly of note is the engaging way in which middle-aged and elderly people’s stories are told. A favourite of mine was Gertrude’s Sweetheart, performed by the pitch-perfect Phillip Mackenzie: it’s refreshing to see a love story recounted, not by a strapping youth, but by a blushing elderly man...