Sydney based ‘Clock and Spiel Productions’ have announced their 2020 Season: R/EVOLVE
R/EVOLVE: The announced season includes a re-mount of their 2018 production of Mark St. Germain’s play Freud’s Last Session. Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst, Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising Oxford Don, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London just weeks before Freud was to take his own life. The 2018 production opened to positive reviews with high acclaim placed on the skill of the performers of this intellectually stimulating two-hander. And set to return to the roles of Freud and Lewis in 2020 are Nicholas Papademetriou & Yannick Lawry.
“Lawry is deft as Lewis, his respect of Freud’s work is apparent yet he delves into his own belief system vigorously. Papademetriou is at his best here: he plays Freud with meticulous detail from the Austrian accent to the physical tics that abound from the painful mouth cancer that he suffers from.”
– Joy Minter, The Buzz from Sydney; 2018 Clock and Spiel Production of Freud’s Last Session
Also set to return is Director Hailey McQueen and Production Designers Tyler Ray Hawkins and Kaitlyn Symons who were all highly praised from their previous work on the production.
Next for 2020 from Clock and spiel is the Australian Premier of English Playwright and 2011 Verity Bargate Award winner Thomas Eccelshare’s Instructions for Correct Assembly which only recently had its world-wide premier at the Royal Court Theatre in 2018. Paul Lewis from 1-Minute Theatre Reviews provides us with the following insight into the plot from the 2018 Royal Court production:
“We start with a married couple, who enjoy DIY, constructing a human robot. It becomes apparent that they are trying to create an improved version of their young adult son who died. The second story- of what happened to their son- is told in parallel.”
The Times also provides the following comment regarding the Royal court Production:
★ ★ ★ ★
“Thomas Eccleshare’s new play about parenthood is deftly done, funny and, at times, almost unbearably poignant”
– Ann Treneman, The Times
It will be interesting to see what direction their as yet unannounced director will provide to this new work and if it will hit home to Sydney Audiences as much as reviews indicate it did in London.
We look forward to seeing what Clock and Spiel will provide with this short but powerful looking season.