The Sydney Theatre Company 2014 season brochure was released not long ago. The range of works seems interesting, there is one play that has caught my eye, ‘Kryptonite‘ starring Ursula Mills, the description on the STC website reads:
“Dylan is a carefree, charming Aussie bloke and Lian a shy international student. Over the years their paths cross; he has become a politician whose career is solidly in ascendance while she has finally returned to China as a senior executive.
Life experience – and personal interests – have fashioned new dissonances in their friendship. Is desire enough to transcend politics? Can they bridge the gap?”
It sounds promising. I was alerted to the Queensland Theatre Company 2014 brochure by Caitlin from Women In Theatre (pay her site a visit for interesting posts on females on stage). Now have a look at their program. Done? No have a look back at the STC brochure, okay done? Now look back at the QTC brochure. Do you see something disparaging? I’m not saying ‘shame on you STC and the insubstantial amount of multicultural plays you’re producing next year (one out of sixteen)’ although it is rather pathetic when compared to QTC (four out of ten) that has The Mountaintop, Macbeth, The Magic Hour and Black Diggers.
These are two theatres in two different cities, similarity is that both are staging a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. QTC’s Macbeth includes a multicultural cast and STC stars Hugo Weaving whom I adore, however, he’s tried and tested. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, smaller actors deserve a chance.