Old Teachers’ College Auditorium, Armidale – September 2008
Directed by Gordon Cope
By Bryony Lavery. By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd.
When I first saw Frozen I was transfixed. I knew that I wanted to direct this play for the Armidale Playhouse. Frozen is certainly a confronting play, it is not light entertainment but it is a magnificent piece of theatre that plumbs the depth of depravity and despair but also the triumph of courage that overcomes adversity and the triumph of reason and science that overcome prejudice and ignorance.
In the process of production all those involved have been forced to think about their own attitudes and whether our own stereotypes actually help to perpetuate the kind of inhumanity that is the subject of this play.
I hope that the confrontation that Frozen forces upon us as an audience will change perspectives, challenge stereotypes and finally lift spirits, because in the end this is a play is about the triumph of humanity over the hideousness of things gone wrong which we mistakenly call ‘evil’.
To those who like lavish sets, large casts and fast paced laugh-a-minute farce … well … sorry about that … maybe next time.
There are many people to thank for bringing this production together, the fantastic production team and of course three really great actors who have committed so much time and emotional energy in bringing these characters to life.
I hope Frozen affects you as deeply as it has affected me.
1. Farewell to New York - Agnetha
20. A phone call home - Agnetha
Agnetha: Barbara Albury
Director: Gordon Cope
Angry Cheese Productions, Armidale Drama & Musical Society, Bob Estreich Computer Repairs, Cate Mitchell, Col Mack and the Imperial Hotel for displaying our banner, Conrad White, Dot Pollard, Jurek Szafjanski, Kellie Simpson and InTune magazine, Martin Mantle, Ric Toshack for assistance at venue, TRaMS and the TVET Entertainment students
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