Theatre review: Intimacy by Tony Robertson (JUTE Theatre Company)
JUTE's Intimacy is a one-act play that is engaging, delightful and a real treat for audiences.
Before the players come on stage, it is easy to admire the colourful set created by designer Bruce McKinven, and lighting by Ben Hughes.
The atmosphere of romance and nostalgia is set with background music such as Frank Sinatra singing Cheek to Cheek, and Dean Martin’s You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You.
Once the actors appear, it is difficult to notice technicals from there on in, so engrossing are their performances, and so enjoyable the tale.
Anthony Ring is excellent as Errol, a 37-year-old who is addicted to porn, looking for love, and who lives with his mother struggling with dementia.
He successfully brings us into Errol’s world of frustration with his stage in life, his problems with intimacy, and his struggle for survival.
Peta Cooke is Melody, the self-professed “clothes whisperer”, and she is a fine comic actress, who has the audience in the palm of her hand from the moment she walks on and lights up the stage.
As a couple, Ring and Cooke have great chemistry, and work very well physically together.
Susan Prince, as Errol’s mother suffering from dementia, manages to evoke laughs and tears for her character’s plight.
She has strong moments when her character becomes overwhelmed by memory loss that are very touching.
This is a new play written by Cairns playwright Tony Robertson, a one-act, which seems exactly the right length, as it is interesting and enjoyable from beginning to end.
It has universal themes of love and intimacy, old-age and dementia, life’s expectations and disappointments, death and grief, yet it is handled with a light touch; with comedy, imbued with just the right amount of pathos, and directed and presented by Andrea Moor with professionalism and style.
JUTE’s Intimacy is a thoroughly entertaining play, not to be missed.
>> Review by Denise Carter. Intimacy is at JUTE Theatre until June 23. Go to www.jute.com.au or call 4050 9444 for tickets.
CHEAP TICKETS TO INTIMACY
If you’re looking to catch JUTE Theatre Company’s production of Intimacy, timeOUT Thursdays offer a chance for our readers to catch the show for the discounted price of $25 with the voucher printed inside today's (June 14) edition of timeOUT, inside The Cairns Post. Simply cut out the voucher and present it at the box office at CoCA and you’ll receive the discounted price tonight (June 14) or Thursday, June 21.
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Pucker up: Peta Cooke, Anthony Ring and Susan Prince in Intimacy.