Breaking Up In Balwyn: A toast to money marriage and divorce

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.64 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author
Paul Davies is an award winning screenwriter, script editor and playwright who has written over a hundred episodes of TV series from Homicide to Something in the Air. He also helped spark the site-specific theatre revolution in Melbourne in the 1980s with TheatreWorks' production of his first play Storming Mont Albert By Tram (1982) on board a 'really moving' Melbourne tram. What became known as "The Tram Show" played over a dozen years to packed trams in Melbourne and Adelaide, generating around a million dollars at the box office (on today's figures) and trambulating a total distance that would have taken the production and its nightly audiences halfway around the world. The Tram Show's success lead to an outbreak of 'location theatre' in Melbourne throughout the 1980s including three other site specific plays by Paul: Breaking Up In Balwyn (1983, on a riverboat), Living Rooms (1986, in an historic mansion) and Full House/No Vacancies (1989, in a boarding house). Paul has also co-written five feature films Neil Lynn (with David Baker in 1984), and Traps (1985), All That is Solid (1988) and One Way Street (1990) - all with John Hughes. He also wrote and directed the short feature Exits (with Pat Laughren and Caz Howard in 1980). He has taught screenwriting at a number of universities and published numerous articles, reviews, stories and interviews in magazines such as Metro, Cinema Papers, Cantrill's Filmnotes, Australasian Drama Studies, Community Theatre In Australia, The Macquarie Companion to the Australian Media and Theatre Research International (Cambridge University).

"If Storming Mont Albert was as crazy as I've been led to believe, then they've gone one better with Breaking Up.... The whole idea of theatre-on-the move is a breath of fresh air for the theatre goer and performer adding as it does, an extra dimension to the theatrical process." (Kevin Gray Lot's Wife)

On a boat cruising up the Yarra, Breaking Up In Balwyn has its own nautical charm" (Garrie Hutchinson The National Times)

Breaking Up In Balwyn ... introduces the divorcee, her new boyfriend, her ex-husband and the 'French maid' who serves party goodies. A resident psychiatrist makes the running in the over-acting stakes. As with Tram a shady and confused police posse become vitally involved, and with their presence the action turns into hilarious farce." (Laurie Landray The Herald)

"Another gem, a satire on marriage, money and divorce the play will be staged on board the Yarra Princess, Melbourne's 'love boat' cruising the Yarra... a madcap boatride play with films, music, dancing and light refreshments." (Melbourne Sun)

"Real theatre; certainly theatrical in the best sense of the word. From the moment you line up at Princes Walk waiting to board the Yarra Princess there is a sense of excitement, celebration and fun... an inspired sequel to Storming Mont Albert By Tram. Hilarious. The script works on gags and general send ups of characters we know so well. But it is good natured satire, qualitatively different to the sourness of say Edna Everage humour. Never a dull moment. (J. Ellison Melbourne Times )

"After a landing stop near Como Park, which sees a couple of unexpected additons to the cast, the pace quickens and the laughs come more freely. The actors' timing cannot be faulted. A light and gentle entertainment with a strong sense of occasion." (Leonard Radic The Age)

"An hilarious sequel to Storming Mont Albert By Tram" (The Sun)

" a mixture of the novelty of being on board a riverboat, funny throwaway one-liners and a feeling of being part of the action makes the play work. It is the unusual side of the play that makes it entertaining...Ten marks to TheatreWorks for attempting a production like this It is certainly innovative theatre" (Robert Gibson This Week In Melbourne)

"Riot of a comedy set on the Yarra" (Advocate)

" A splendid concept...inventive use is made of the river, with comings and goings by various means; as interruptions to the pallid party pile on upon another, each seems funnier and more unlikely than its predecessor. In short the show is saved." (Ken Healey The Canberra Times)

"Somehow Paul Davies has...written a play which leaves behind the ockerism of Dimboola and yet seems as close to home as the local milk bar. It's my kind of theatre - it talks about the things that make me smile, albeit cynically. It's bound to appeal to a wide range of people...get a party together Samantha will be glad to have you. The whole idea of theatre on the move is a breath of fresh air for both theatre goer and performer, adding as it does an extra dimension to the theatrical process. On the one hand the normal intimacy associated with the theatre restaurant is retained while an element of 'expanded realism' thus far only possible in film and television is introduced leading to a total experience theatre.