Guild Theatre Rockdale production was a delight

Play was worth a visit

I live in Austria, having visited Sydney for a short time.

Amateur theatre is quite popular in Austria and when I saw a write-up about Enchanted April in the Leader, I thought I would go and see it.

The "old style" of that theatre was quite attractive and I was rewarded by an excellent production of Enchanted April.

The stage was great, unbelievably so in the second half, and all the actors gave a really impressive performance.

In Austria, true amateur theatre is occasionally staged in the yards of farms in small villages - it is called "Bauerntheater" (farmer's theatre).

Quite often, these villages are in remote farming areas and the plays are always acted by local people. Always sold out.

One has to be on a mailing list, or be lucky, to get a ticket.

On the other hand, the performance of Enchanted April at Rockdale was half empty.

Such a good show, so badly attended.

It made me think whether the perception people in Europe have of Australians — to be "cultural nudist" - was reflected here. No offence intended — just expressing a perception.

I certainly saw the play a second time before I left Sydney and enjoyed it even more. This show should be seen, before it ends in the middle of March.

Peter Fredrickson, Salzburg, Austria


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