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SCAN 2003

The Eleventh Hour


A new force on the Melbourne theatre scene is The Eleventh Hour theatre company, the outcome of a lengthy collaboration between Anne Thompson and William Henderson: its other members are Fiona Todd, Adrian Muller and Carolyn Patamisi. The focus is on investigating the spoken word in performance and particularly the interplay of poetic and dramatic language. The creative task is in part a dramaturgical one: to compose performance from often very different languages while addressing a common image, or set of ideas. Eleventh Hour is at present composing a piece grounded in the world and languages of Oscar Wilde, from the poetry of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, the prose of his fairy stories and the dialogue and epigrammatic wit of An Ideal Husband.

Wine and Blood: another Oscar Wilde opens in The Eleventh Hour Theatre, 170 Leicester St Fitzroy, Nov 14.

RealTime issue #57 Oct-Nov 2003 pg. 10

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