It’s small and intimate, with deep lighting and cushy, mismatched chairs. It’s a Sydney staple, an artist-run performance space featuring independent shows.
It’s The Old 505 Theatre in Newtown.
From 4-15 April 2017, it’s the host of Trade
, a lively piece of physical theatre from Hurrah Hurrah
that’s been in development since 2013, originally inspired by the fall of a rogue trader and focusing on the darkly humorous world of finance.
The musical score is written by one of AIM’s own remarkable graduates, Maria Alfonsine
, and is described by Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
as “more than apt and in its own way contributes to the humour of the exercise.”
Maria completed a Bachelor of Music at AIM in 2015, majoring in Composition and Music Production. And her creative talent is certainly getting noticed.
She says, “Trade
is absurd, larger than life, tragic and comical, so there’s been a lot of room for experimenting with different music styles and sounds; everything from rhythmic underscore, a cheesy corporate video, heavy nightclub music, to a musical theatre number – which has obviously been a lot of fun!”
Kevin Jackson describes Trade
as having “echoes of the great Scorsese film, Wolf of Wall Street
, with the same relish of satiric gruesomeness.”
Theatre reviewer Stevie Zipper writes: "Quite honestly THIS is the kind of theatre I have been parched to see more of in our independent circuit... they have done what I passionately wish I would see more of in terms of theatre practice and creativity from independent artists."
states: “Captivating performances, zippy choreography and multi-layered messages make for an entertaining ride that will leave you slightly jolted and questioning the role we play in a money-hungry world.”
For tickets to Trade
, visit The Old 505 Theatre website
. (But hurry – it finishes very soon!)
Image via What’s On – City of Sydney