I dragged my friend along to see the play ‘Dust’ by Suzie Miller and this is how we saw the play at the State Theatre Centre of WA Heath Ledger Theatre.
This is truly a glorious sophisticated theatre. Walls lined in a gentle honey toned veneer, the ceilings covered in the same but curved, columns of gold cylinders hanging from the rafters at the entrance and overhead as you climb the escalators. I had photos but do you think I can find them, major fail, a bit of googling and you will find plenty.
I passed the long queue at the ladies room, took my spot waiting my turn listening to the goss, ‘Why, in such a new building, did they not double the ladies toilets, haven’t they learnt anything’. I nearly piped up and said, probably planned by a man then? I know that was said tongue in cheek, I get it.
The play ‘Dust’ revolves around your city (adaptable to wherever you are) mine is Perth, upon waking people discover that their city is covered in a blanket of red dust, from an extraordinary dust storm (top soil), panic as rumors run rife of the toxicity of the dust, so, nobody is allowed onto the streets creating havoc, anxiety and uncertainty for the population.
What a fabulous play, six actors in all pushing out six stories.
1. A wedding, with bridezilla, who realised the errors of her ways thanks to her future husband, a magical wedding took place despite the reddened white wedding dress, the blown away and dust covered gazebos and the uptight wedding planner who always remained positive.
2. A stepfather and stepdaughter scenario of misunderstandings and forgiveness, he needed to go into work as he was a geologist, he also had to handle a teenage daughter who refused to put any clothes on, he wouldn’t leave her home alone, he wanted to give her a hug but refused to till she was dressed, a fabulous nosey neighbour who with practically every sentence that came out of her mouth was encased in an innuendo.
3. A one night stand that could have gone terribly wrong, this was our favourite part, they had both applied to this dating service, he was quite divine, as was she but, she gave false information and of course in the end fessed up, true love conquered. She tried to do a runner and left when she thought he was sleeping but wasn’t allowed to leave the building because of the dust storm, she came back pretending to have gone for some coffee. My favourite lines was when you discovered that the name she gave him was in fact false as was the information about a dog she had named Henry, she didn’t actually have a dog. Through misunderstandings back and forth they united. Haaaa!
4.This lone woman who clearly had cancer (scarf around her head) roaming the set, we laughed and laughed (not because she had cancer) after we figured her out, as we both didn’t get what she was doing or where she fitted in till the end, we thought she had lost the plot and wasn’t quite sure where she should be.
5. A Woman and a taxi driver, (the driver who did a stunning job speaking with an Egyptian accent) she was collected at the airport, all she wanted was to be driven about, he objected because it would cost her so much with no destination in mind, all I am saying here is that they did a very good job of not judging a book by it’s cover. So a fair bit of anxious banter, then came the realisation that she needed to go to the hospital to see her sister, you finally came to realise that the sister is the cancer victim waltzing in and out of the scenes, Ahhhhh!
The beach scene was quite extraordinary so well done that is something we won’t forget, played when the two sisters reunited and of course we can’t ignore and not make mention again of the young man who was so taken with his one night stand as we both thought he was just a bit of alright.
The six actors all played dual roles a few I recognised, and we loved them all.
6. Oh and I nearly forgot the couple at the airport a man whose wife told him not to come home, a dig at FIFO workers, you are under the impression that this happened that day but no, in fact nine years earlier, the woman he was chatting to who was feeling powerful and at the same time disenchanted with her life as her partner is angry, she thinks because she earns more money than him but I felt in reality it was her job as a lap dancer that disturbed her partner more.
Any one else seen the play?