More Sex, Death and Chocolate

Cast & Crew
Karoline Rose O'Sullivan; Leon Kowalski;
Neil Modra; Katharine Marie Richards;
Rob White; Amanda Jermyn;
Sandra Bass; James Belfrage;
Robyn Makhoul; Elly Hiraani Clapin;
Rhianne Evelyn-Ross.

Lighting Design by Taylor Allen
Sound Design by Lindsay Walton
Stage Design by Hecate (Roz Riley and Deb Mulhall)
Roz Riley - Director.

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Sky Yeager;
Alex Broun ;
Emma Willis;
Geneieve Mortiss;
Micah Joel;
Julia Lewis;
Pete Malicki;
James Hazelden;
and Therese Cloonan.
  photographed by John Reeves
More Sex, Death and Chocolate Review in What's On Sydney
currently playing at the Star of the Sea TheaThe work is a collaboration between many authors. It worked too, they have managed to make one play out so many and still be true to the original scripts. All the plays have a similar theme mainly revolving around death and they are all linked together by Zephon played by Karoline O'Sullivan. Zephon is or was a angel, but she longs to be human. So she steals the body of a recent suicide victim so she can experience what is it like to be human, to experience free will. She discovers however that being human is very complicated, so many things to think about, so many decisions and certainly too many things to worry about.
The scene with Margaret Thatcher was very funny, Margaret (Sandra Bass) and St Peter (James Belfrage), "Thatcher vs God," by Genevieve Mortiss. She doesn't stand for any of the usations that St Peter at the gates of heaven throws at her, in fact she has a huge pop at God and what he has done in the past.
In the second half there were two scenes that really stood out Number 141 with Jen (Amanda Jermyn) and Aggy (Elly Hiraani Clapin). It was extremely moving and almost brought me to tears it was so well done.
The other was Abraham (Rob White) and Jen (Amanda Jermyn) who ke a tram ride together in Diabolical. It was a clever look at life and if you do the Seduko in the paper, this will make you laugh.
I thought the whole production was a little long and some of ephon's monoluges could have been shorter, plus the But I'll miss it" didn't fit as well as the other as it was more surreal. However, all the actors were brilliant in their roles. Karoline in particular kept the play moving, involved e audience and was utterly brilliant.
The whole production was very well directed by Roz Riley. The staging was kept simple but fluid as the actors changed the props as they went. There were quite a few, but as far as I was aware none were forgotten! The lighting was very effective too.
It is well worth seeing.
review in Sydney Arts Guide
MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE directed by Roz Riley, is a fresh new collection of short plays on these popular themes by a talented group of writers including this year’s competition winner, Therese Cloonan’s Number 141.
A strong ensemble cast brings these vignettes alive. Refreshingly different night out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which will keep you talking for many hours afterwards.
All the pieces are linked by the Presiding Angel (Zephon), who takes over the beautiful body of a suicide victim, and then arrives back on earth, to find out how humans manage their lives of free will, with all the bittersweet consequences and all the existential angst that comes with it.
My pick of the plays was Diabolical written by James Hazelden as directed by Alison Albany, which had an very unusual take on what happens when you use public transport on a night out, still with one unanswered question about the wife.
A Factory Space Theatre Company production, MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly, until Saturday 18th October 2014. Recommended.