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: http://www.pact.net.au/whats-on/2019/6/11/generations