Set on the afternoon of a 10 year high-school reunion, two friends must face the unnerving reality that one of them is on the verge of the unspeakable.
Both fast paced and darkly humorous, this play transports the viewer to a strangely familiar place where friendship must be questioned around a room corrupted by an array of fake smiles and white teeth on parade. Amongst all this is a broken young man looking to outsource his pain.
Tonsils and Tweezers have been inseparable in high school but a freak accident 10 years ago has resurfaced and continues threatening to tear them apart. Often breaking the fourth wall, the audience are immersed in the story. The dialogue is fast-paced and takes the audience on a comical roller-coaster ride until the play takes a more serious note and explores themes of trust, loss, jealously and forgiveness.
“The play was written just prior to my own 10 year high-school reunion. I began to imagine who would be there and who wouldn’t. It also probably tries to capture how at least one of my friendships began, not by having things in common but by having a common enemy.” said scriptwriter Will O’Mahony.
The play asks audiences to reflect on their own friendships including those they have and still cherish and those which ended.
“It’s almost a lover-letter in that way,” said O’Mahony.
“All of my writing is personal and Tonsils and Tweezers is just one of my plays which explores growing up.”
Jan 12-27. KXT Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross. $27.55-$37-75+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.kingsxtheatre.com
By Ellouise Bailey.