Generations 2019 premiered Olympia Olympia! by performance collective Big Muscles Sad Heart; and Arena by Martin del Amo and Anton on Thursday night at Pact Theatre – to an enthusiastic crowd. 

Pact Theatre launched Generations in 2018, and the show highlights work by emerging artists alongside that of an established artist, to foster a deeper dialogue between generations.  

The very versatile An-ton spends almost an hour channelling several disparate characters who are involved on a film shoot, from a fading female star to a catty queen (who could bitch for Australia) to a somnambulant cleaner. Paced well until the last ten minutes or so, when one or two scenes extend beyond fun and veer into trying too hard, Arena’s Anton provides a great tour de force in this great satire of the commercial film world. 

In Olympia Olympia the sporting spirit of Australia is explored through a wittily choreographed series of competitions with Caitlin Doyle-Markwick and Sarah Easterman doinhg most of the competing and Matte Rochford judging.  The trio are excellent, it is a dialogue-lite  piece that relies on sophisticated use of their physicality and facial expressions which they manage with aplomb. 

A clever debut piece, the show is on for a limited run at Pact Theatre Erskineville, for more information and tickets see:

This Month in Sydney

1 - 20 November
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The Jewish International Film Festival returns to Sydney for another incredible year of excellent Jewish cinema from around the globe, building on almost 30 years of Jewish film festivals in Australia.