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POSTED: 25 MAY 2010

Redemption, by jonathan Ari Lander

Drama Queen Productions & Tamarama rock Surfers | Old Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo, Sydney | Until 12 June

Outside it’s raining blood and the blood is starting to seep through the walls. Inside it’s raining incest, blatant sexual tension, religious fundamentalism of the most extreme kind, not to mention fear and loathing — and there’ll eventually be plenty of blood indoors as well.

Karl (Kyle Rowling), Sasha (Lucy Miller) and their daughter Piqui (Madeleine Jones) — at least that’s how the relationships at first appear — are among the few survivors of a plague that has ravaged the world.

Piqui is already blind and well on the way to the same fate that has obviously befallen millions.

Only belief in God is holding the family together and providing a glimmer of hope — until a stranger named Quill (Fayssal Bazzi) arrives.

He promises salvation, but at what cost? And, indeed, is it salvation or something much more sinister that is on offer?

It’s a provocative, heady mix of theatre that really does challenge and confront the audience in the Old Fitzroy’s confined and intimate space.

The acting is strong, the production taut.

Rowling’s background as a movie fight director (his credits include Star Wars II and III) and stage combat instructor is put to excellent use and the violence is as real as you’d want.

I didn’t find much redemption, though, at least not beyond the name of Karl’s and Sasha’s beleaguered farm.

Well worth a look, but certainly not something for the squeamish or emotionally fragile.

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