Published by: Aridhi Anderson | 18-Jun-2018
Fairy tales aren't just for kids. Check out this refreshing new take on a Grimm Brothers classic about love, money, magic and karma!
Venue: The Butterfly Club
Address: 5 Carson Place off Little Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Date: Sat 30 June & Sat 7 July 2018
Time: 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Ticket: $27-$34
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Call: 03 9663 8107
An encounter with a magical fish interrupts a couple's mundane life by the sea. Drama escalates into chaos as the two women find their love tested by power, ideology, and extraordinary twists of fate.

{Parenthesis} is a comic fantasy play by Aridhi Anderson, adapted from The Fisherman and His Wife, a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The play is about Ash and Mara, a couple that lives a frugal life by the sea till one day they encounter an enchanted fish with the power to grant wishes. Conflict ensues as one of the partners wants to expand material possessions and influence, while the other is content to remain as they are. Interactions with the mysterious fish and the fairies that live in the area reveal the ideological motivations that ultimately drive the two women to make their choices and face the consequences.

The play reimagines the classic tale in a modern context, artfully chipping away at its dated exterior and carving anew a story threaded through with sweetness, subtlety and pathos. Respect for individuality replaces antiquated gender stereotypes. Pragmatism diverts new light on clichés against the pursuit of wealth. Motivated characters with well-established backstories supersede hollow hero-villain tropes.

Writer-director Aridhi Anderson is passionate about adapting classic tales for modern audiences. Her show Ophelia's Inner Monologue (adapted from William Shakespeare's Hamlet) received glowing reviews at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe, and her immersive show Jezebel awed audiences in New Delhi earlier this year.

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