Flesh Eating Tiger by Amy Tofte
with brilliant performances by Amy Gubana and Marcus Molneux.
“I hate this f-king play”the actor roars; chaotic in self hate and desire. Its a vicious cycle, a play within a play.
“I love you” she pleads, imagining her only reflection is through his eyes.
The stench of sweat and loves final battle breaks out in front of the audience that stare like children, watching the horror of substance fueled passion. Despite the abstract fury of the torn lovers, the play is built on a tight structure and examines the cult of alcoholism.
It is a brutal contemporary play, with a brilliant script and prize acting, the direction has an expanding boundary, webbed together with invisible threads.
Its not serious.
Its just physical.
I can end it whenever I want.
“I want out!”
He is addicted to alcohol, and she is addicted to rejection.They want to be abused. They don’t want surface beauty, they want to wrestle the beast beneath.
“I heard about stupid people like this I didn’t know, I would be one.”
Love without a boundary, is life without rest.
This drama explores complex emotional themes that are part of the contemporary fabric of human life. It explores desire and it’s not pretty.
The Owl and the Pussycat is the go to place for serious artistic exploration.
The Director Gabrielle Savrone, explains her involvement with the production.
“Flesh eating tiger is a bit of a beast, it’s an abstract art piece. I’m an Abstract painter so I see the play like that. There’s the words,the actors and the design…the concept is how things bleed between life and art. You create what you live and its a part of who you are.
She’s addicted to him and he’s addicted to alcohol.Its a tangled mess. What we are watching is their relationship, the play that they are creating about their relationship within a play. It’s quite fun.Essentially it’s a love story, a tragedy.”
How did you get involved in the project? MP
“I met Amy (Tofte)at a conference in Alaska three years ago,we were room buddies. I went to watch her play reading, it was this and I fell in love with it. When I took over the theatre, nearly two years ago, this was the first play we put on.”Savrone
Actor Braydon Lewtas extends himself to assist in the Direction of the production.
“The Artistic Director, Thomas Doyle cast me in the two previous plays that were shown at the theatre; Paper and Boys Club. I always wanted to be a Director, so I expressed that to the owner of the theatre, Gabrielle”Lewtas
“I’d like to write and direct and put on my own play in the future.”
The small bohemian venue is a hub of creativity, the friendly barman is Doyle, the Artistic Director and struggling play writer. He wrote the script for Paper which took a stab at modern media and corrupt journalists. His play Riot went to The Last Frontier Conference in Alaska.
“I like provocative material, work that provokes people and is also entertaining. I wrote my first play when I was eight. I thought I wanted to be an actor but then I realised that playwriter’s have all the power. ” Doyle
Amy Tofte Playwriter of Flesh Eating Tiger
Amy was recently recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting. Her plays have been semi-finalists for the nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival, The Source Festival and The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. Flesh Eating Tiger premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Melbourne in 2015. Tiger was remounted at the Hollywood Fringe where it was named “Best of Fringe” and nominated for Best Play. Tofte is a founding member of the play development company Fierce Backbone in LA and is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.
Until June 4 at
The Owl and the Pussycat
Swan St. Richmond
Review & photography by April Forward