The original School for Scandal may have been created in the 18th century, but it would seem that society still places wealth on a sky-high pedestal. Our world of Illuminati and industries based on over-sharing the life details of celebrities is surely comparable to the upper class of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s time.
Bringing this classic satire to the 21st century is Director David Burrowes. “The aristocracy had too much money and too much time on their hands, so they spent their days gossiping about bullshit.”
The frivolous lives fraught with gossip in this story are two brothers who must fight for their wealthy uncle’s trust, and a crusty old man who tries to tame his much younger spendthrift wife.
“Isabella Andronos, our designer and I spent a disgusting amount of time looking at Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, and Rich Kids of Instagram…we looked at people worshipped for their wealth and that as the basis for our aesthetic. Think wasteful, always on their iPhones, wearing Gucci,” explains David Burrowes, “I think we are stuck – because we always are driving for this wealth. There’s an attitude that we should never be satisfied; we can always do better, get more money. Celebrities are what we want them to be, then when we look at them under a microscope they’re nothing to aspire to.”
28 April – 30 May, Thursday – Saturday 7pm, Sunday 5.30pm. New Theatre Company, 542 King St, Newtown. $17-32, bookings at www.newtheatre.org.au