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Closure: Ron Blicq’s Play at Brisbane – Rose Niland’s Review

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Ron Blicq; Closure photo by Dan Ryan, courtesy Gary Kliger and Centenary Theatre Chelmer

It is a wondrous thing when all meetings and purposes are aligned, as was the experience for me when I was able to meet and interview both the playwright and director of the play Closure.

These very personal moments impacted on my response to this superb piece of theatre now showing at Chelmer Community Centre, Brisbane, revealing how ‘the youngest among us can bring out the best in the oldest’.

Ron Blicq is an inspiration, a remarkably energetic ninety year old citizen of the world. His life is delightfully full of family, writing, education and much more. He is a man of wisdom who generously shares his optimism and experiences to enhance the lives of others.

Gary Kliger, Director of Closure demonstrated his sensitivity to the complexities of family relationships in this carefully directed play. His hard working ethic and attention to detail was rewarded in this very fine production.

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Patrick Leo plays Donald Barlow, and Rhona Wood Daphne Barlow, photograph Dan Ryan, courtesy Gary Kliger and Centenary Theatre, Chelmer

His deep understanding, extensive experience and knowledge of the role of a director permeated his outstanding theatre practice. In Gary Kliger’s own words “Closure has been a challenge to direct and I recognised that instantly when I was offered the chance to direct it for the Centenary Theatre Group.

It is a deceptively simple piece, which contains layers of meaning and emotional content. This contradicts the seemingly straightforward story of a man searching to find out if his father is still alive after many years of not knowing who he was”.

Gary Kliger’s direction certainly honoured, extracted and communicated the multi-layered text of the play, ensuring that the dialogue delivered a subtlety that clarified motives and engaged the audience in a deeper understanding of both characters and their motives.

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Patrick Leo as Donald Barlow and Erik de Witt as Paul Hoogstra

The aftermath of wars is horrifying lives lost, memories tainted, injuries unbearable, destruction widespread, economies decimated and the pain of witnessing death indelibly etched on the souls of both victims and perpetrators.

However an often neglected consequence of war are the children who are born as a result of romantic liaisons between armed forces personal and the citizens of the countries in which they are stationed.

These children, as adults often seek to find closure and discover the identity of their unknown parent.

Ron Blicq has seized this theme and explored the impact of one of these children now an adult, tries to reconnect with his father Gordon Devereaux, who he has never met.

Closure 16Donald Barlow (Patrick Leo) lives in Nottingham, England with his wife Daphne (Rhonda Wood).

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Janet Seidel Trio – All That Jazz in Victoria in June, 2015

Janet SEidel TrioOne of my favourite albums is ‘Far Away Places’ and so it was good to hear recent news from “Australia’s first lady of jazz singing” Janet Seidel and her trio, who related tales of their latest adventures in song.

“… we’ve just come back from a concert in Shanghai”, Carolyn she related “…it was an absolute buzz being in China and the concert was packed to capacity”.

Good news indeed and Janet related that the trio also…

“…spent 3 months in the UK last year returning home in November”, revealing how important it is for a musician today that global travel is integral to their daily life.

From recording studios to live radio performances, including ABC, BBC, and from concert halls, theatres, jazz clubs and festivals, to cabaret venues to country halls and private parties, Janet Seidel and her wing men David Seidel and Chuck Morgan win over new audiences time and time and again.

Jazz music as a genre remains a perennial favourite with many people, and Janet and her Trio are great entertainers.

birthday cake copy We understand Janet has a birthday bash coming up on 28th May at Colbourne Avenue, Glebe in Sydney before she packs her bags yet again.

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Featuring the trio, plus special guest Andy Baylor and with many musician friends sitting in, there will be plenty of candles and champagne.

The benefit will donate proceeds to the Oxfam Nepal appeal.

On the road to Victoria in June, the Janet Seidel Trio; Janet, her brother David and Chuck Morgan on guitar will no doubt receive widespread acclaim for their numerous live performances.

They have the power to soothe and seduce all at once with sensuous sounds, sure to put you under their spell.

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