A View From The Bridge, by Arthur Miller, is a play of epic tragedien proportions echoing the works of Euripides, Sophocles and Shakespeare in the opinion of director Lain Sinclaire. Miller, in the tradition of ancient tragedy, was able to, “throw human reality into stark relief which creates a sense of infinity.” This is true of all his great plays including Death Of A Salesman and All My Sons, which Sinclaire has also directed.
A View From The Bridge, however, is widely considered to be Miller’s greatest work. The play first opened in London before it was considered for a run on Broadway and given the accolades it really deserved and it was while in London, studying acting at RADA, that Sinclaire discovered the work of Arthur Miller. With his love of ancient greek tragedy, Sinclaire is so excited to be directing this particular production for The Ensemble Theatre as it is a theatre in the round with the audience on all sides similar to an ancient amphitheatre.
Familiar with working on many different stages Sinclaire has had quite a career so far teaching at NIDA and directing both in LA and New York as well as for the Royal Court National Theatre in London. He has worked with Cate Blanchette, Kate Mulvaney and Eddie Perfect and is head of acting at 16th Street Actors Studio New York. Who better to take on such a mammoth task in the director’s seat?
This production is bare-boned with no set, one chair and two props, so as not to distract the audience from the intensity of the script. The play deals with immigration, morality and family dysfuntion. It pulls no punches and tears at the heart strings with words, actions and deeds that simultaneously repel and lure the audience. It is a play that actors flock to and and beg to be a part of. Sinclaire has chosen his actors on what he calls “their ability to offer.” His advice being, “Come in with your heart open and we’ll find a way of working together.” This production is a collaborative effort with a wonderful cast unafraid to “dig deep.” The cast includes Giles Gartrell-mills, David Lynch, Anthony Gooley, Zoe Terakes, Scott Lee, Janine Watson and David Soncin, who is an Italian immigrant himself, as Alfieri.
Jul 18-Aug 24. Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli. $38-$78+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.ensemble.com.au
By Renee Lou Dallow