Silent Truths Explode In ‘Bomb The Base’

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International Melbourne-based playwright Mark Andrew marks his 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival debut with 'Bomb The Base', a new play for the stage.On the eve of her uncle’s funeral within 9/11’s lengthening shadow an eloquent, jet-lagged ALICE returns from Washington to her own personal Ground Zero. Complex personal relationships and global political alliances again prove irresistible battlefields Mark Andrew. 'Bomb The Base' fearlessly examines themes of trust, power in all its forms and the unspoken, dark places that we are all afraid to go. Engaging, yet demanding, the global premiere of 'Bomb The Base' detonates at Studio 246, Brunswick, Oct 4th to 8th.

International Melbourne-based playwright Mark Andrew marks his 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival debut with 'Bomb The Base', a new play for the stage.On the eve of her uncle’s funeral within 9/11’s lengthening shadow an eloquent, jet-lagged ALICE returns from Washington to her own personal Ground Zero.

“Nobody wants to be around when they drop the bomb”, declares an eloquent, yet jet-lagged ALICE.

Within the lengthening shadows of 9/11, ALICE (Christina Walls) returns home to where the past is another country. On the eve of her uncle’s funeral, ALICE stands upon the precipice of a very personal Ground Zero to confront her silent truths.

Throughout ’Bomb The Base’, complex personal relationships again prove an irresistible, familiar battlefield for Melbourne-based international playwright Mark Andrew.

Set inside the spectre of 2003’s Bali bombings, 'Bomb The Base' extends Mark Andrew’s theatre of war to include international political alliances. It weaves intelligent thematic dissertations into fearless examinations of trust, power in all its forms and the unspoken, dark places that we are all afraid to go.

'Bomb The Base' asks why we live out part of our lives as a secret. Accessible and moving theatre, it also has much to say about power and relationships. Through ALICE, we are asked to reflect upon our own personal truths.

Spending time reconnecting with family - MUM (Janet Watson-Kruse) and DAD (Peter Taranto) - ALICE picks away at truths about the ties that bind us together. Withdrawing deeper into her past, she recreates long forgotten pictures of relationships with EDDIE (Dyllan Corbett), UNIVERSITY LECTURER (Charlie Schneeberger) - even her beloved UNCLE TED.

The specialist in modern political history realises much has altered. Working as policy analyst and advisor in Washington DC, time away has also given ALICE a new perspective on Australia’s biggest ally.

“Family secrets can endure for years.” says Director, Louise Howlett. “'Bomb The Base' probes how we can create our own history and truth by combining facts in a particular way, or by omitting them altogether.”

“A feature of nearly all relationships, power is wielded and responded to in different ways. In this respect, family and international politics can often mirror each other.”

Demanding attention yet engaging, 'Bomb The Base' offers rich rewards for the emotional and intellectual investment required. It confronts and questions our preconceptions about contemporary politics, family ties and issues around power – who has dominance and why.

“Audiences will identify with the different perspectives offered on key relationships,” says Louise Howlett, “these themes are universal and impact everyone at different stages of their development as parents, family members and professionals.”

Mark Andrew says 'Bomb The Base' began with the idea of family power structures being analogous to other power structures.

“As soon as I explored themes surrounding hierarchies, the young, the development of individuality and self-expression, yet within traditional boundaries”, says Mark Andrew, “the notion of a young woman with a rich past, and a keenly developed intellect and sense of professional justice naturally emerged.”

“The play is purposely designed to not offer a redemptive conclusion – but rather the journey of a flawed and damaged family, and also hopefully the idea that their lives will continue and be both damaged and fulfilling.”

“I think this is important in drama”, says Mark Andrew, “real lives happen, they are not planned, and so dramatic insight can reflect this, without seeking any higher artificial meaning.”

We’re all experts at self-deception. Maybe it’s time for ALICE to realise the whole truth.

Sharp and courageous in its originality, 'Bomb The Base' will stun audiences with one of Melbourne Fringes’ most memorable images. It marks the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival debut of international Melbourne-based playwright Mark Andrew and ReAction Theatre.

The global premiere of 'Bomb The Base' detonates at Studio 246, 246A Sydney Rd Brunswick, Oct 4th to 8th.

BOOKINGS:
'Bomb The Base'
2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival
8pm nightly (5pm Sat 8th only)
Oct 4 - 8 2011
Studio 246, 246A Sydney Rd Brunswick
phone: 03 9660 9666
online: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au
Tickets $20 / $15 conc. ( $12 preview Tues Oct 4)
Presented by ReAction Theatre, Melbourne (http://reactiontheatre.com.au/)

ABOUT ‘BOMB THE BASE’ | 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Set inside the spectre of 2003’s Bali bombings, 'Bomb The Base' sees the eloquently jet-lagged ALICE return home to her own personal Ground Zero.

Working as policy analyst and advisor in Washington DC, the specialist in modern political history realises much has altered. Time away has also given ALICE a new perspective on Australia’s biggest ally.

On the eve of her uncle’s funeral within 9/11’s lengthening shadow, ALICE spends time reconnecting with family – MUM and DAD – while picking away at truths about the ties that bind us together.

Withdrawing deeper into her past, she recreates long forgotten pictures of relationships with EDDIE, her UNIVERSITY LECTURER and even her beloved UNCLE TED.

We’re all experts at self-deception. Maybe it’s time for ALICE to realise the whole truth.

Cast: Christina Walls as ’Alice’, Janet Watson-Kruse as ‘Mum’, Peter Taranto as ‘Dad’, Dyllan Corbett as ‘Eddie’ And Charlie Schneeberger as ‘University Lecturer’

ABOUT MARK ANDREW (playwright)
Mark Andrew is a playwright with over 30 productions in five countries.

His work has been published in four compendia of works by international playwrights, including the UK's Wireless Theatre's Monologues edition. His next publication will be in New York publisher's Smith & Kraus 2011 Best Plays compendia.

Mark is currently writer in residence for the Melbourne Writer's Theatre 2011 season at the Carlton Courthouse, where his play 'Time's Arrow' will run for two weeks in November. He has been a frequent contributor to Short + Sweet festivals, and has been selected for three gala finals.

'Bomb The Base' marks his 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival debut.

ABOUT ReAction Theatre
ReAction Theatre is an independent Melbourne based theatre company dedicated to producing dramatic works of truth and beauty. Our mission is to create collaborative performances that inspire, provoke and move audiences.

ReAction Theatre is committed to excellence in performance by preserving moment-by-moment reality, emotional truthfulness and the actors’ inner freedom. Our focus is primarily on producing new and contemporary Australian pieces and reinterpreting traditional plays. We are aiming for the highest quality work in an environment that strives to support and nurture writers, cast and crew alike, so that they develop in their craft.

Mark Andrew, Louise Howlett and Cast are available for interviews. Actors bio's and headhshot's also available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

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Mark Andrew
Playwright
0419 183 113
mark(at)scenario(dot)net(dot)au

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