Published by: Sirmai Arts Marketing | 19-Apr-2016
Room to Play Independent Theatre and Anywhere Festival present: One Was Nude and One Wore Tails - By Dario Fo.
Venue: Paddington Substation
Address: 150 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington
Date: 5-14 May
Time: Tue-Sat 7.30pm | Sun 5pm
Ticket: $27
Buy / Ticket: www.anywherefest.com/dario-fo
"A wonderfully fresh and inventive company, Room to Play is definitely a company to watch." -Theatrepeople

"Fo's work is brimful with dialect, with harsh humour, with the wit of the bar-room raconteur." - The Guardian

What happens when a council worker discovers an ambassador naked in a wheelie bin?

Room to Play returns from sell-out seasons in 2015 with a brilliant one-act farce that pricks the pretensions of social class, identity and status.

Two council workers pass time conversing about divinity, while an ambassador is caught having an affair and winds up naked in a wheelie bin. One Was Nude is full of clowning, slapstick and vaudeville-style song and dance. Where do we wear our clothing? How does our 'uniform' define how we are treated? Outrageous, outlandish and out of control, this show is a must-see!

Room to Play resides in the historic 1930's Paddington Substation, one of Brisbane's few remaining interwar tramway substations. This new independent venue is now a comfortable, fully equipped theatre offering Brisbane performing artists an intimate, industrial place to perform and audiences a thrilling, up-close-and-personal theatrical experience.

Room to Play productions create intimate spectacles by calling on the richness and diversity of local performers. Bringing this Australian adaptation of Italian Nobel Laureate Dario Fo's famous comedy to life are award-winning actors Elise Greig, Colin Smith, Matthew Filkin, Jack Henry and Ben Warren.

Director and Founder of Room to Play productions (and the Brisbane Youth Theatre company) is Heidi ManchÄ—. In a stroke of cheeky genius, she contemporises Fo's absurd work, setting it squarely in Brisbane. Do Brisbane City Council garbage collectors ever mingle with ambassadors, diplomats or socialites - except through their bins? ManchÄ— is an expert in Fo, having translated the playwright's texts into English while working alongside him in Italy. A Macquarie University theatre student, she won a scholarship to study at Rome University and trained in Commedia dell'arte and Theatre of the Oppressed before touring Italy with Roman theatre troupe Stalker. She founded the Crypt theatre in Sydney, Brisbane's Youth Theatre and - most recently - Room to Play, which toured to the Melbourne Fringe Festival with Ionesco's The Bald Prima Donna. Manche' has recently directed Dario Fo's The Virtuous Burglar and Brian Friel's Afterplay to sell-out seasons in Brisbane as well as touring to Sydney Fringe.

One Was Nude and One Wore Tails "“ part of Brisbane's Anywhere Festival - is one not-to-be-missed!

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