REVIEW: Trailer at the Civic Playhouse

We sent Newcastle Live’s Dan Beazley off to the Theatre this morning, to check out Trailer.

I just got back from the matinee session of Trailer, a play written by local award winning playwright, Vanessa Bates. The production kicked off last night (June 8), and continues at the Civic Playhouse on Hunter Street until the 11th of June.

The story is about waiting, and to be honest I found the pace bit slow to begin with, but it wasn’t long before the story began to kick me right in the feels. From the metaphors of train travel and sink holes to the emotionally charged dialog and local references, the production is both profound and accessible.

While the main character, Jed (played by Jackson Vaughan) is actualised beautifully, for me it was the supporting characters that really brought the production to life. Angie Diaz delivers an almost perfect rendition of the City Rail public address voice over, bringing accents of humour into some really heavy moments on stage.

Lyndon Buckley’s lighting design was a real highlight for me too. Subtle, and without giving too much away, really gave you the feeling of motion.

Trailer was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Script Workshops 2015, and it really shows.

This production is a great option for those looking to embrace our city’s diverse and quality arts and entertainment scene over the June long weekend.

Tickets are on sale now via the Civic Theatre’s website.


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