by Lally Katz
At the Bondi Pavilion
28th May- 6th June 2015
Regional Tour 9th-17th June 2015
"Vhen I first arrive to the Austral I got noting. Noting. No von cent. No friend. No family. No good clothings. But I still very glamour. That’s Ana”
Ana, an 80- year- old Hungarian- Australian widow has many stories to share, whether you’re ready to hear them or not.
An unlikely bond is formed on Mary Street as Ana befriends her estranged neighbour Catherine, a scatterbrained aspiring actor. As the two share their stories, wisdom and wounds, they immerse themselves in the world of war torn Hungary in search of a better understanding of what it means to truly be “in the life”.
Nominated for the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Theatre, Neighbourhood Watch is a celebration of the humour, strength and friendship that can rise out of tragedy. The charming tale of an odd couple who prove that it is never too late to bridge the divide between age, culture, and the suburban fence.
"Illuminate Educate's production provided my students with the ideal platform to discuss Katz's play. The fresh interpretation of the text and the cast's ability to grasp the complexities of the work were first class. An incredible day at the theatre for my class!"
Greg Friend, Head of Drama PLC Croydon.
"The touring production was simply outstanding. It really did 'illuminate' and stimulate the students' knowledge, understanding and learning of the play in performance. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Illuminate Educate and can't wait to welcome them back for another production. Bravo Anne and cast/crew"
DiAnne McDonald, Head of Drama Brigidene College St Ives.
"An engaging representation of the connections and disconnections which typify Katz view of contemporary society. Beautifully staged with stunning characterisation. Thanks to the Illuminate Educate team for evoking Ana and Catherine's worlds"
Karen Partington, Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College.
"Such a great experience, not just for the students studying the play, but also for a general audience. Directorial and design choices allowed for a very fluid production - the transitions between 'now' and 'Hungary' were particularly effective. It was impressive how a small cast were able to create such an atmosphere during Ana's stories, sweeping us into the past along with Katherine. The performances were also strong, from all actors. This production gave the students a new appreciation for the play, as well as lots to write about in their essays."
Nicole Bonfield, Relieving Head Teacher, Creative & Performing Arts, Penrith Academically Selective High School
Composer & 'Musician/ Chemist'
Set, Costume & Co-Projection
Lighting & Co-Projection Design