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Cageling Review by Alison Croggon

Review of The Rabble’s Cageling by Alison Croggon, originally posted on her blog, Theatre Notes:

Few poets write of desire with such passionate delicacy as Federico García Lorca. Lyric, erotic and savage, his poems celebrate the anguish of absence, the bittersweet longing for what cannot be possessed. When he writes of his home city Granada, he imagines an ideal beauty, the “spiritual colour” which Andalusia woke within him. This beauty exists within and beyond the “poor cowardly city”, the “miser’s paradise” that contains “the worst bourgeoisie in all Spain”, of which he wrote bitterly only months before he was shot dead near Granada by Fascists. He saw the real as clearly as the possible.

In Lorca’s poetry, repression squeezes desire into a defiant brilliance. Lorca was gay – some claim that is the reason that he was murdered – and so, in a world of absolute divisions, he existed on the penumbra between both sexes, a fluid creature of the twilight, weaving his poems out of the blinding contrasts between night and day. He made of them paeans to life in which beauty is a measure of mortality: “Like all ideal things,” as he says in a poem about fountains, “they are moving / on the very edge / of death.”

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Cageling Review by John Bailey

Review by John Bailey posted on his website, Capital Idea:

The Rabble’s production of Cageling at fortyfivedownstairs has sold out which is great news for independent theatre in Melbourne (is it me or has there been an unusual number of similar sellout seasons in 2010?) It’s a reimagining of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba with some pretty bold imagery and directorial choices, but for me it was marred for a few reasons I’ll get to eventually.

The great Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca’s most enduring contribution to the arts must surely be his concept of duende, an idea with all the precision and grace you’d expect from a guy known to his friends as Flamenco Feddy. You could say duende is the quality of doing things in italics, Sometimes With Initial Caps, but I had to go back to the books to find a more precise explanation of duende. To save you the same trouble I’ll reprint here an extract from Lorca’s own writings on the subject in “Tears of a Horny Bullfighter”:

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Nora Wompi's opening

Sir Andrew Grimwade opens the exhibition. Gerard Vaughan, director of the NGV; Nora Wompi, artist; Sir Andrew Grimwade, Chairman, The Felton Bequest. Nora Wompi and Suzanne O'Connell Nora Wompi's exhibition in the fortyfivedownstairs gallery. Furniture by Schiavello.

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Rasa Sayang Review

Review of Rasa Sayang in The Age by Jordan Beth Vincent: Tony Yap Company, fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, April 24-25, 8pm. BEFORE the show, a bespectacled Tony Yap wanders benignly among his audience, admiring Naomi Ota's visual installations. Inspired by…

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Antipodes Festival Booklaunch

The Antipodes Festival held a vibrant and full-to-capacity launch of Australian Cypriot writer Andrea Demetriou's poetry collection The Mountains Couldn't Walk Away in the fortyfivedownstairs theatre last night. The book was launched by Tim Colebatch (Economics Editor, The Age), Christos…

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Capital Idea Review: MEN

The below review is by John Bailey and was posted on his blog, Capital Idea, on Friday 19 March 2010: This one's arriving a little late, but I've been super busy of late with this great new hobby. It involves…

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MEN in the social pages

MEN in the social pages of The Age. Clockwise: Rush's Catherine McClements, Jay Bowen and Rodger Corser at the premier of MEN; Underbelly star Asher Keddie and MEN director Sarah Hallam; Josef Ber congratulates his Rush co-star Samuel Johnson; Television…

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Congratulations to our Green Room Awards winners

Last night at the Arts Centre Playhouse was a triumph for productions presented at fortyfivedownstairs last year: For their work in Progress and Melancholy (November 2009), Bagryana Popov was awarded Best Director (Independent Theatre) Todd Macdonald (Lopakhin) won Best Actor,…

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Arts Hub Review: MEN

A review of our current production of Men from ArtsHub: Men By Shelley Blake ArtsHub | Tuesday, March 16, 2010 There’s something quite raw about Brendan Cowell’s debut play Men, now playing at fortyfivedownstairs. After a brief season in 2009,…

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Paper, Scissors, Paint by Mary Edquist

We had a lovely exhibition opening for Mary Edquist's solo exhibition Paper, Scissors, Paint last night. Melbourne based artist Mary Edquist resumed her painting career in 2004 after a long delay. She has worked consistently since that time to establish…

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No longer a man in a hurry

"ACTORS are used to playing many different roles, no matter how far from their own personalities. But Samuel Johnson is rehearsing for a role he says contains uncanny echoes of his own life. ''I was born to play this role,''…

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Memory Progressive Review #2

Two reviews in one day... not bad for a show that only runs for 4 nights. "The Memory Progressive blends dance movement with theatrical text, animated projections and a blistering score, to examine the aftermath of severe memory loss. Focusing…

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Thanks for the memory….

There is a review of The Memory Progressive by Chloe Smethurst in The Age today: "DANCE THE MEMORY PROGRESSIVE Phantom Limbs, fortyfivedownstairs, until tomorrow THE fleeting nature of dance, which only exists in the moment of performance, owes a huge…

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The Memory Progressive

The Memory Progressive by Phantom Limbs opens tonight at 8pm to a full house. See more gorgeous images and information about the show on Phantom Limbs' blog. Tickets are $23/$18, and are available to purchase here.

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Searchlight: The Home Stretch and Directors Cut

Sally Smith in Director’s Cut The fortyfivedownstairs foyer as Sally Smith lead the crowd into the theatre for Director’s Cut. David Wells in Director’s Cut David Wells in Director’s Cut Sally Smith in Director’s Cut Sally Smith in Director’s Cut…

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More Searchlight photos…

Benn Bennett and Wes Snelling in Black Bag. (Note the sparkly 'Ken Done' pants in the 3rd photo.. just luverly) Jodee Mundy, Mal Webb and Francesca Waters in Sandra Fiona Long's Tyrant with Sharks Ellie Nielson in Waiting for Isabella…

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Arts Hub Review: Nature as History

"Nature as History is a series of new photographs by Imogen Barraga Hall. Her 7th solo show, Imogen has been taking photographs since 2005 after her house tragically burnt down in rural NSW. But proving that something good can come…

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Searchlight Festival is open!

Searchlight Festival opened last night to a very appreciative audience.   The programme continues tonight, with a reading of Sandra Fiona Long's Tyrant with Sharks, followed by a double bill featuring Antoni Jach's Waiting for Isabella and Wes Snelling and Benn…

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12 Greenroom nominations

A heartfelt congratulations to all the 2009 Greenroom nominees. We are delighted that three productions seen at fortyfivedownstairs in 2009 have received nominations. Bryant and Frank's Once We Lived Here received 5 nominations, all in the Music Theatre section; +…

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Xenia Hanusiak performs at fortyfivedownstairs

On Sunday 14 February 2010 to honour Chinese New Year, Soprano Xenia Hanusiak will give the Australian Premiere of "Visages peint dans les Opéra Békin III. "  This magical work composed by Beijing Conservatorium’s Head of Composition Zhang Xiao-fu specifically…

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Midsumma opens at fortyfivedownstairs

We hosted a vibrant and busy opening for the three Midsumma exhibitions in the galleries last night. In the small gallery we have a solo exhibition, Photo Prodigious, by Anthony L’Huillier.  The large gallery combines paintings of female film stars…

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Searchlight Festival

In February this year fortyfivedownstairs and Tashmadada are (very proudly) presenting the second Searchlight Festival. The programme is looking super... check it out on the Searchlight Festival website: searchlightfestival10.wordpress.com The Festival begins on the 17th of February 2010. Tickets will…

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Gunns 20 – 5 years on

Starting on the 2nd of February 2010 we have an exhibition of photographs highlighting the extraordinary beauty and value of the Tasmania environment. This exhibition is being held by Gunns20 in order to raise both funds for and awareness of…

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Alexander Nettlebeck Trio

The Alexander Nettlebeck Trio played in the theatre last night. It was their first gig in their new line up, which comprised pianist Alexander Nettelbeck, bassist Jonathan Zion and drummer Simone White. "Full of life, energetic and undeniably talented, the…

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  • December 7, 2009
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Welcome to our news page. We'll be using this page to tell you more about our shows and exhibitions, to post photographs, and also to link to some of our favourite sites. We'll post some news soon, in the meantime…

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