Arts & Entertainment

Neville’s Island

Chris Taylor, Craig Reucassel, David Lynch & Andrew Hansen

Nominated for the Oliver and Evening Standard Awards for best comedy 1992, Neville’s Island, written by popular playwright Tim Firth is showing at the Ensemble Theatre to provide an entertaining night out for the audience.

This comedy follows four business men who find themselves trapped on an island in the Tasman sea. They can see the mainland, but they can’t escape, causing conflict and bickering to break out amongst the men. The show explores how the men deal with bad situations and takes the audience on a journey with them. Director of the play, Mark Kilmurry said,

“Neville’s Island is a very funny comedy… there’s a journey for all four characters and hopefully audiences will take away not only the comic elements, but that it is about the human condition and keeping positive in times of stress…”

The themes of this performance explore how to be true to oneself and how to cope in times of crisis.

“There’s a Hamlet quote ‘There’s nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so‘ and this play explores that, meaning you can make the best out of the bad situation rather than moan and say it’s all horrible… the four characters react differently to the situation they find themselves in so I think audiences can take away a lot from that,” Kilmurry said.

Starring the famous Chaser Team members Craig Reucassel, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, and joined by talented comic actor David Lynch, they formed the perfect cast, bringing justice to the script.

“I wanted to serve the play, from what the writer has given us with how it’s staged, how it’s written and who the characters are… we have a very good, talented cast and the four of them together created this great relationship so what they’re giving in terms of their bickering and the delivery of their lines and comic timing, will make it a great evening out,” Kilmurry concluded.

Jul 5-Aug 12. Ensemble Theatre, 79 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW 2061. $42-$71. More information: www.ensemble.com.au

By Jade Morellini.

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