The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company has resurrected Australia’s groundbreaking 70’s play The Removalists. Written by David Williamson this is the story of police brutality, domestic violence and the abuse of power and authority. A young policeman’s vision of law reinforcement is shattered when two sisters report a domestic battering. The aftermath is catastrophic and irreversible.
A fine cast of six has been assembled, all giving extraordinary performances. Laurence Coy plays Sergeant Simmonds, a chauvinistic hypocrite who has no respect for women. Sam O’Sullivan is a naive and inexperienced Constable Ross, whose behaviour becomes violent and uncontrollable.
Audiences will find themselves laughing and cringing, as comical dialogue is cleverly interwoven with scenes of horrifying brutality. Showing in a small theatre with seating close to the stage adds intimacy, with audiences seemingly onstage with these characters.
A very satisfying theatrical experience but be prepared for a production like no other – where the shocking and perverse transpire onstage. (MM)
Until Jun 15, Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, $40, 1300 241 167, rocksurfers.org
BY MARK MORELLINI