Review: Reflections Of A Cause (On The Cusp Productions)

onthecuspVenue: The Depot Theatre (Marrickville NSW), Sep 7 – 10, 2016
Playwright: Sage Godrei
Director: Joy Roberts
Cast: Ivan Chew, Macushla Cross, Emma Dalton, Benjamin Hanly, Chris Miller, Anthony Yangoyan

Theatre review
It is a simple story that looks at a pair of lovers as they begin their relationship, and also at their deteriorated state twenty years later. Made more substantial by a wide range of ideas, the play unfortunately becomes a complicated one that struggles to find focus and clarity. Scenes vary from the very basic, to the very obtuse, and although the show’s experimental spirit is commendable, it suffers from appearing hesitant and irresolute in what it wishes to achieve.

There are certainly passionate assertions to be found, especially in Chris Miller’s performance, but the message of Reflections Of A Cause is largely lost. Its characters’ experiences might appear familiar, but a weak narrative structure prevents us from connecting with any of its drama, and the tenuous inclusion of social issues into the couple’s journey only serves to confuse and alienate.

The play contains elements that could certainly be made interesting. It may be too raw and immaturely presented, but it is neither mindless nor frivolous. In any of the art that we make, it is crucial that we identify what it is we wish to say, and then do all we can to communicate those ideas. There will always be noise that interfere, but it is the artist’s discipline that makes sure what they consider most important, be the most indelible of each experience.

5 Questions with Sage Godrei

sagegodreiWhat is your favourite swear word?
TIT. Depending on how much impact is required it can be used with a pre-fix or suffix. Examples are skittle-TIT or TITed.

What are you wearing?
Wide leg brown men’s trousers with sage coloured floral embossed shirt.

What is love?
For me Love is the most fun you can have with your pants on. I LOVE to let my hormones and imagination run wild… or maybe that’s infatuation.

What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
David Williamson’s Dream Home at Ensemble Theatre. I was still laughing two hours in, that’s worth a fist full of stars to me.

Is your new show going to be any good?
My show will be symbolic of regenerative ideas. It aims to please, surprise and entertain good and proper.

Sage Godrei’s new work Burning Angel is presented as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.
Show dates: 8 – 14 May, 2015
Show venue: Shh Centre 4 Hybrid Arts