Updated the “Elling” section with 3 photos, articles and an interview. Click on the photo below for more info about the play.
“It’s about two unlikely friends who meet in a kind of extended mental health care facility as they’re both dealing with crises in their lives. One of them, the eponymous hero Elling, has arrived there as a man in his mid-40s, who has lived all of his life with his mother. [He’s had] certain issues – fear of going out, fear of answering the telephone, lots of things – but lived rather happily in a well-balanced world with his mum.” When his mother dies he ends up in the facility and meets Kjell, a 40-year-old sex- and food-obsessed virgin. “They get put in a room together, and strike up a very unusual friendship,” says Pamela Rabe. Eventually the welfare system moves them to an apartment of their own, on the condition that they prove they can lead normal, independent lives. The rest of the play follows them trying to do just that against obstacles that Rabe says can sometimes seem insurmountable.
The Jumpy section got an update: An interview with Pamela Rabe, rehearsal pics and I colourised the photo below from the opening night.
Director Pamela Rabe, no stranger to STC as both an actor (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and a director, (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) brings her deft touch to the play’s generous wit and pathos as this contemporary family struggles to navigate the perils of teenage rebellion and domestic life without falling apart. – Sydney Theatre Company
The ‘Boston Marriage‘ section was updated with 3 more photos as well as an audio interview from June 2010 where Pamela Rabe was at the ABC Radio Melbourne studios to talk about the play together with Wilbur Wilde and Keith Potger.
I’ve added three older Pamela Rabe articles from 1988 and 2000 to the interview section. Click on the pics below to read them:
Also updated some plays:
→ See How They Run | Review + 3 photos
→ The Red Devil Battery Sign | Info + Cover
→ The Rover | Review + 1 Photo
→ Blithe Spirit | Booklet (Photos by Teresa Janzek)
→ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof | Short Trailer Video