|writing and producing independent australian theatre |
written and directed by Paul Gilchrist
Kit Bennett, Jamie Collette, Ted Crosby, Kitty Hopwood, Lynden Jones, Sylvia Keays,
Bonnie Kellett, David Kirkham and Helen Tonkin
Truth is a battlefield
In 1431 Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.
Ten years later she was back.
Inspired by an incredible true story,
critically acclaimed writer/director Paul Gilchrist
explores one of the greatest frauds of all time.
Very funny and deeply moving,
is an uncannily contemporary expose
of truth and lies,
celebrity and identity.
Praise for Paul Gilchrist's previous historical dramas:
“a triumph of narrative construction...Catherine at Avignon is a significant achievement in writing, direction and staging”
"the language is beautiful and flows easily from the actors...See Lucy Black to experience the beauty of Elizabethan language that was not written by Shakespeare or Marlowe"
produced in association with Sydney Independent Theatre Company
5 – 23 August 2014,
The Old Fitzroy Theatre
directed by Paul Gilchrist
produced by Daniela Giorgi
design by Rachel Scane
lighting design by Liam O'Keefe
After hit seasons in
Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney,
returns to Sydney
for ONE night only at
See the extraordinary Sylvia Keays at Ensemble Theatre
She talks wine. She sells wine. But, now, she has every reason to drink it!
Join her hilarious razor-sharp discovery of the unexpected truth hidden in each glass.
Sylvia Keays portrays Sophie - witty, whimsical and utterly heartbroken. In Blind Tasting, she shares her sparkling coming of age story, as she navigates love, loss and the realisation that none of us really knows whats going to happen next.
Part wine tasting, part performance Blind Tasting is a sparkling coming of age story.
"This performance was a delight; intimate, funny, sad, and thoughtful." Stage Whispers
"a barrel of fun....performed with great vitality and charm by Sylvia Keays....If you ever hear it's on, go" Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald
“a punchy, whimsical tale executed exceptionally by actor Sylvia Keays…superbly written by Paul Gilchrist ....fun, thought-provoking and insightful." Theatre Junkies
“Sylvia Keays is a brilliant performer ….a moving, consistent and quality performance that is a joy to watch…. The script is playful, witty and poetic throughout ….. thoroughly entertaining” FringeReview
"One of those little treasures of a play that fills your glass with optimism, spills a bit with the laughs, and finds truth." Canberra Times
“The show has a very smooth tone, sitting happily between wistfully melancholic narrative and a stand-up routine…. actual wine tasting as part of the show proves a surprisingly effective way of involving us in the story.” Time Out
“a well crafted, tasty piece of small, intense theatre that ponders some deeply philosophical questions…. delivered engagingly by Sylvia Keays” The Adelaide Advertiser
“a classy sensory experience…. a passionate and considered performance” Adelaide Theatre Guide
“another little gem from the strange narrative mind of Paul Gilchrist ….an engaging blend of slightly nutty and melancholic memoir, delivered in charming style by Sylvia Keays” The 5th Wall
"exceptionally well crafted....Keay's performance is such that it's as if she owned the words, as if she wrote them; I can't imagine a stronger affinity between writer and actor." Crikey
"At times heart wrenching, but mostly heart warming and hilarious, this was a brilliantly written show that held me captive from start to end. Sylvia Keays was absolutely adorable." TheAUReview
"a very appealing work of contemporary theatre. Blind Tasting works well with its combination of lyrical writing by Gilchrist and a lovely, well measured and warm performance by Sylvia Keays" Sydney Arts Guide
"Raw, forthright and astutely funny.....Keays is a deeply compelling actor, seamlessly transitioning from laughter in one moment to tears in the next." Express Media