I trained it all the way to the big smoke last night to watch the world premiere of The Fremantle Candidate play produced by Fremantle’s Deckchair Theatre company and played at PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art).
I had not been to a Deckchair production for quite some time as I was too often disappointed in the past, so last eve’s play was a pleasant surprise. The play directed by Chris Bendall and written by Ingle Knight was excellent in my humble opinion and I thought most of the acting was outstanding.
Steve Turner looked the part and almost like a picture of the John Curtin statue at Kings Square and he played the role with great conviction and acting skills.
I did not know much about former Prime Minister John Curtin and learned some things last night, especially his problems with alcohol became a major part of the play, and that alone would be worth seeing the play for, as it was a reminder of how little it takes to get into habitual alcohol consumption, it becomes a routine and then an addiction.
I was told that Deckchair is putting up some matinee performances as well, so Freo people don’t have to come to Perth at night, so hop on the train and see a very good local play.
I noticed Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his partner in the audience, as well as the Member for Fremantle Adele Carles, councillor Jon Strachan, Americas Cup hero John Longley, and former Fremantle Society president Ian Alexander (nursing a broken leg).
P.S. check out the alcohol related DRINKTANK blog by FARE.