The Griffin Theatre Company has launched its closing act for the year, the revenge tragic-comedy Wicked Sisters.
A story about artificial intelligence, the future, unforgiving competition, and the issues women face in their 50s, Alma De Groen’s Wicked Sisters is a brilliantly written piece that rings as true as it did when it was first performed in 2002.
The play will be presented at the Seymour Centre’s Reginald Theatre from November 6 to December 12, adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines for staff, audience, and crew. These measures will include distanced seating, regular cleaning, hand sanitiser provided on site, limited capacity, and the strong encouragement of masks.
In an interview with City Hub, when asked about the changes in her directorial role for Wicked Sisters due to COVID-19, director Nadia Tass said, “To begin with, my first week of rehearsal was done via Zoom from hotel quarantine, and I found it particularly difficult not being in the room.
“It takes time to find the openness in a relationship that is needed in the rehearsal room, and we had to work from the beginning of the second week to catch up to where we would normally be working in person from week one.
“It did make everybody – cast and director – appreciate the notion that we can be, in normal circumstance, in a room together and viscerally connect with each other and the material. Further to that I think we’re each trying to obey to COVID distancing, working towards a happy medium between intimacy and space.”
When asked her favourite part of directing Wicked Sisters, Tass said, “There are a lot of favourite parts for me. The text – the fact that it was written so many years ago and I find it so relevant to today’s world – is particularly exciting.
“It is not a predictable text: the rhythm, pace and shape of it are unsettling even though the narrative is set in a naturalistic space. I love that bit – it promotes tension. I love working with a small group of people, a theatre where we’re all invested in creating good work. And four actors who are both enormously talented and committed.”
Until Dec 12. Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale. $20-$62+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.griffintheatre.com.au
By Rida Babar