“Room To Play – a wonderfully fresh and inventive company – […] an incredible journey to take in a single hour. […] Room to Play is definitely a company to watch.” Shane Webb, Theatrepeople
“Fo’s work is brimful with dialect, with harsh humour, with the wit of the bar-room raconteur…” Guardian
What happens when a council worker discovers an ambassador naked in a wheelie bin?
Room to Play returns from sell-out seasons in 2015 with a one-act farce on society’s foolish pretensions around identity, class and status. Two council workers pass time conversing about divinity, while an ambassador is caught in the act of love affair and winds up in a wheelie bin naked. Finding clothes is full of clowning, slapstick and vaudeville-style song and dance. Where do we wear our clothing? How does our ‘uniform’ define how we are treated? Outrageous, outlandish and out of control!
Room to Play resides in the historic 1930’s Paddington Substation, one of Brisbane’s few remaining interwar tramway substations. This new independent venue is now a fully equipped theatre and offers Brisbane performing artists an intimate, industrial place to perform.
Room to Play productions create intimate spectacles by calling on the richness and diversity of local performers. The award-winning Elise Greig, Colin Smith, Matthew Filkin, Jack Henry and Ben Warren bring this production of Nobel Laureate, Dario Fo’s play to life with comical characters in this Australian adaptation of an Italian farce.
Director and Founder of Room to Play productions and the Brisbane Youth Theatre company, Heidi Manchė, contemporises Fo’s work to localise the absurd in Brisbane. Do Brisbane City Council garbage collectors ever mingle with ambassadors, diplomats or socialites except through their bins? Manchė is an expert in Fo, translating Fo’s texts into English and working alongside Fo in Italy.
One Was Nude and One Wore Tails is one not-to-be-missed.
About Heidi Manchė
Heidi Manche’ studied theatre at Macquarie University in Sydney and was granted a scholarship to study at ‘La Sapienza’ Rome University in Italy, with a project to work alongside Nobel laureate Dario Fo. In Italy, she was trained in Commedia dell’arte and Theatre of the Oppressed. Heidi translated many of Dario Fo’s texts into English and joined a Roman theatre troupe, Stalker, touring throughout Italy. On her return to Australia, Heidi become part of a Commedia troupe in Sydney, founded an independent theatre, The Crypt Theatre, and continued to direct plays whilst enrolled in the Sydney Film School with a focus on directing. Moving to Brisbane a few years ago, she founded Brisbane Youth Theatre and the independent theatre company Room to Play which toured to the Melbourne Fringe Festival with Ionesco’s The Bald Prima Donna. Manche’ has recently directed Dario Fo’s, The Virtuous Burglar and Brian Friel’s Afterplay to sell-out seasons in Brisbane as well as touring to Sydney Fringe Festival.