TRUE NORTH - I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOMO
Words - J Forsyth Photo - Courtesy of True North Arts Festival
WHAT: True North Arts Festival presents VCA Frisk Theatre 'I still call Australia homo'
WHERE: Darebin Arts and entertainment Centre, corner St Georges Rd and Bell Street, Preston.
WHEN: Saturday 18 April 3pm, 7pm, Sunday 19 April 3pm, 7pm. Tix $18/$15
WHO: ‘I Still Call Australia Homo’ was developed at the Victorian College of the Arts. In & Out Project is made up of four recent graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts. Emma Annand, Sonja Bishopp, Ryan Forbes and Adam Ibrahim have successfully established themselves as writers and performers, creating new work together in collaboration with other artists. ‘I Still Call Australia Homo’ is co-directed by Tanya Dickson and designed by Jack Fordham, also a VCA graduate. It debuted at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014 and was a top 3 pick (Myron My) as a part of the FR!SK festival, held at the VCA. It then went on to tour in regional Victoria (Nattimuk) and has just completed a successful season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
WHY: Immensely enjoyable! Everything about this production was excellently executed and professional. A perfectly timed, poignant social commentary that hit every nail on the head of every point it was making. The simple set and colours allowed for the actors' personalities and beautifully directed characters to take centre stage. Step by step, the case was made about discrimination towards homosexuals in everyday life without over playing it.
'I still call Australia homo' comes highly recommended and totes big ups to the actors and directors for this thought provoking, humorous and poignant piece of theatre. Also, great name!