Caitlin and Oscar each have a dark past and have gone through things that many teens have the luxury of not having to deal with in their young lives. Both struggle to get out from under the memories that threaten to undo them.

Caitlin (Isabella ford) urges Oscar (Conor Leach) to run away with her, he is skeptical at first, but she convinces him. Leach possesses a sweet vulnerability which is endearing, Ford calls the shots as Caitlin, though her need for Oscar verges on desperation. Ford easily transitions from bolshie teen to ethereal queen, struggling to swim to the water’s surface.

Sheehan creates a vivid and authentic world in the lives of these teens, so it comes as no surprise that her writing has already won and been shortlisted for several awards. Director Katie Cawthorne has teased out the complexities of Caitlin and Oscar and their story with great sensitivity and humour, even during the most challenging struggles. An intriguing backdrop, which was predominantly displayed as a simple brick wall, had (courtesy of a black light) a design that enhanced the normally staid set.

What most people don’t see in the aftermath of difficult times is the re-building of life, which takes an incredible strength of character and will. Hell’s Canyon gives us real characters who, though with different individual approaches, both move and inspire.

 

Hell’s Canyon is on until 11 August, for more information and tickets see: https://old505theatre.com/

Featuring: Isabella Ford and Conor Leach.

Creative/Tech Team: Emily Sheehan (writer), Katie Cawthorne (director), Tyler Ray Hawkins (costume and set design), Kimmo Vennonen (sound design),Martin Kinnane (lighting design) and Laura Barnes (stage manager).

Above image by James John

This Month in Sydney

18 Oct - 4 Nov
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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a two kilometre long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Aqualand proudly returns for its third year as Principal Sponsor, along with the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, which has increased to AUD70,000 in 2018 and will be awarded to an exhibiting artist whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

In 2017, Aqualand’s sponsorship was renewed for an additional five years and is the most significant in the exhibition’s history, continuing to support the growth of the iconic Bondi exhibition.

As one of Sydney’s most beloved and photographed events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts over 500,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney.