It’s a mouthful to be sure, but Jo Morris, actor and co-producer of “Anchors” (their abbreviation) says the title captures the sense of the play.
“In a way, it becomes the image of the show…”
Written by Finnegan Kruckemeyer as a commissioned work, the play had its incipience during a casual catch-up between Kruckmeyer, Morris and fellow producer/actor Renee Newman. They had all previously worked together and wanted to do so again.
“Let’s write a show with you guys in mind,” suggested Kruckmeyer, and he subsequently sent through some treatments. Those Who Fall In Love… leapt out and they all started honing it together.
“It’s such a privilege as an actor to have that collaboration with a writer,” said Morris.
Asked about the extent of her involvement in the play, Morris replied:
“Really, my generation of actors can’t get away with just being performers anymore.”
Switching producer and actor hats is challenging enough, let alone the thespian dexterity required for the acting roles.
There are only three actors in the show (Ben Mortley being the third) and each plays four different characters in different scenes, settings, time periods – and sometimes with different accents. While frenetic and comical, it is also at times sensitive and poignant, examining love through a variety of filters.
Irish born Kruckmeyer writes with playful candour and acute understanding of the human psyche. Morris is clearly an admirer.
“He has so much heart and substance in his work… He celebrates words in everything he does.” (RB)
Jul 20–Aug 6 (Mon to Sat 7pm; Sat 6 Aug 2pm & 7pm). SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross. $30-$38. Tickets & info: griffintheatre.com.au
BY RITA BRATOVICH