THE MAN FROM EARTH – Red Phoenix Theatre

THE MAN FROM EARTH – Red Phoenix Theatre

John Oldman is packed and ready to move on. Again! In this latest and intriguing offering from Red Phoenix a gathering of his fellow academics has assembled to farewell him. But why does he feel the need to move on?

After measured consideration he chooses to explain.

Director Bob Kimber has crafted a thought provoking gem with a competent ensemble. In a play of words rather than action both diction and delivery were excellent throughout.

Fahad Farooque is calm, cool and clear as he fields a barrage of questions from his learned colleagues, anthropologist Dan (Andrew Horwood), biologist Harry (Lindsay Dunn), and archaeologist Art (Brendan Cooney). They each attempt to find a flaw in his fantastic revelation. To no avail.

Bible literalist Edith (Lyn Wilson) takes umbrage at Oldman’s views of the  “Good Book” and its version of History.

Brant Eustice as psychiatrist Will Gruber is called in to adjudicate Oldman’s seemingly unbalanced state of mind. He may well have the key, but not in the way we expect!

We are presented not only with a fascinating hypothesis but are taken on a mystical mystery tour providing much food for thought and post play discussion.

The combination of master director together with a fine, even and switched on cast made for an interesting and cerebral piece of theatre.  

The opening night audience demonstrated their unanimous appreciation accordingly.

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This production was reviewed by:

Alan Shepley
Alan Shepley
Whilst at University and Adelaide Teachers College he performed with Adelaide Uni Footlights, Therry and Theatre Guild before being appointed to country teaching positions. Over 35 years he was involved with school and/or community theatre productions in all facets of getting a show on stage at Pt. Augusta, Kadina , Balaklava and Pt. Pirie.

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