On Thursday, 13th July, after months of preparation and rehearsals, we finally opened our show! And now, one week in, we have some fabulous feedback to share with you! Some lovely reviews are at the bottom of this page.
Our Director Richard Cornally has also kindly written up a Director's Note for us to share with you:
"I’m immensely grateful for the support and praise we’ve received from those who have come to see Mauritius so far.
It is said that 90% of directing is in the casting. If that's the case, then I got the hard part right two months ago and all I’ve been doing since is guiding them in to land.
I'm enormously proud of the work the cast is doing. They are demonstrating the kind of grounded, high stakes interpersonal conflict I love to see on stage.
I won't pretend that my tastes are for the purely theatrical, they are not. As a child, I was first influenced by film, and I believe that is the language of story-telling most audiences resonate with and why we struggle to find a young audience for the theatre. I love the theatre for the visceral contact with the story it offers, but I will always be influenced by the visual and auditory style of cinema.
When I first read Mauritius, the language and the rhythms immediately evoked old Billy Wilder films like Double Indemnity, or Stanley Donen's Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, another great thriller involving rare stamps.
The echoes of Mamet's American Buffalo are obvious, both in the plot and the dialogue, but Rebeck's treatment of the relationships and back-story of each character add a level of depth and heart to the journey that is more touching for me than Mamet's testosterone-fuelled style.
As we got into the rehearsal process and started to notice the challenges and requirements of the staging, I kept coming back to Hitchcock's Rear Window; the mix of technicolour and muted blues that gave it its specific mood, and the gliding camera work that gave life to an otherwise flat set. I wanted the audience's eyes to move across our set like that camera.
I also wanted the tension on the stage to build organically through the conflict between and within the people on the stage.
I have no idea if I managed to achieve or communicate any of what I hope this play could be. I am completely unqualified to assess my own work.
I can however give loud praise to my cast for bringing life and depth to these characters, for representing their interest and fighting their fight in a real and heartfelt way.
Well done everyone!"
Here are some of our favourite pieces of feedback we've received about the show:
"Mauritius is the kind of play people who don't like plays will enjoy. Its warm and engaging with relatable characters who come to life in front of you in a way that only theatre can allow. Its an assured production, tightly-directed and perfectly cast. Don't see it to "support theatre", see it because it will leave you entertained and delighted." - Jonathan Adams, Progressive Pictures
"one not to be missed!" - Laneikka Denne, Underground Grunge http://grungechildren.blogspot.com.au
"hilarious, heartbreaking and thoroughly engaging" - Naomi Gall, The AU Review www.theaureview.com
"f**cking excellent" - Layla Brown
"this play is everything a play should be; funny, moving, tense, amazingly directed and staged and features some of the best acting I've seen in a long time" -Angela Blake, SF3 (SmartFone Flick Fest)
"it is AWESOME" - Pete Malicki, Crash Test Drama
"wanted to yell out several times during the performance at the unjustness of it all - and, almost did once." - Robin Shaw, Soulskin Tales Productions
If you haven't yet, we encourage you to book your tickets soon! We have a strictly limited season and only have 10 more performances. SO get in quick!