This is the Sydney premier of Yours The Face – presented by innovative and bold LZA Theatre Company. Director Liz Arday decided to turn what was originally a male in the starring role to a female led production as reclamation of the female voice. In response to Me Too and Times Up, Liz Arday states of this piece in the program, ‘every detail, large and small, has been considered from a female perspective, and in doing so I’ve discovered so many of my own dramaturgical defaults are unconsciously informed by the masculine traditions of my profession.’
Yours the Face is a stunning one person Australian play by Fleur Kilpatrick – exploring beauty, vulnerability, emptiness, power and sex. American model Emmy and Australian photographer Peter meet in professional vocation in London to attain a name for themselves – through capturing the perfect image. Performer Daniela Haddad portrays both Emmy and Peter with gravitas and distinction. It was fascinating to watch Haddad so fully embody the brash and blunt Aussie photographer – the type of personality who has zero filter and also a sense of volatility, not knowing whether his actions were to become sinister or not.
Haddad was equally nuanced in capturing the young model Emmy and her poetic interpretation of the world around her. Emmy, while young and naïve in many ways, had a definite awareness of her power – her beauty proves an opportunistic trait, and also, an isolating one. Emmys innocent nature also had an underlying tension and rebelliousness, revealed later in the play. What I loved most about this piece was the presentation of the dichotomy of human nature. Both man and woman in this story were flawed – survivors searching for connection in a narcissistic world.
Staged in the intimate space of The Blood Moon Theatre in Kings Cross – the setting was simple with single white stool and projection screen at the back. The incorporation of digital art with this play worked sensationally – it was bright, alive and in complete sync with the performance. This is the second production I have seen by LZA and directed by Liz Arday, whose company aims to produce theatre that is stylish, bold and audacious. Whenever you have the opportunity to see one of their productions, go.
Yours The Face is on until 12 May at The Blood Moon Theatre, for more information see: https://www.lza-theatre.xyz/
Featuring: Daniela Haddad
Creative/Tech Team: Fleur Kilpatrick (writer), Liz Arday (director, AV & set design), Lana Morgan (assistant director), Liam Okeefe (lighting design), and Bridget Dutoit (stage manager &operator).