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‘The Fearful’ by Somerset Mills: creativity on a budget

‘The Fearful’ by Somerset Mills: creativity on a budget

On Friday night I was treated to a very interesting and exciting bit of theatre, as well as a lesson in ‘creativity on a budget’. In an abandoned lot in West End, Brisbane, against a grungy backdrop of rubble and graffiti, some very talented actors brought “The Fearful” to life as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.

This new festival brings theatre to strange places – anywhere you wouldn’t expect it – parks, houses, cars and even online, a little bit like Fete De La Musique, which does the same with music.

Using only the light of a few tea light candles and the spotlight on a shipping container each of the three short plays showcased some fantastic writing from Jeremy Wood, Joseph Sherlock and John DaConceicao.

Their work brought up some very interesting topics and showed people at their most vulnerable.

There were no bathrooms, no eftpos and no roof over our heads, but this just added to the atmosphere and made the production that bit more interesting.

The Fearful showed some amazing talent – if anyone in AdLand looking for an actor for their next commercial you might want to look here.

The up and coming Somerset Mills is sure to produce some great work in the future, so keep an eye out. And thanks guys for such a wonderful night!

Yours in creativity on a budget,

Belinda Vesey-Brown About the author
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