June 8 – 18, 2017
Caitlyn is an up-and-coming child star. Bobby is a beloved comedic icon. Sam is their manager, with the idea to pair them up and make Australian television history. What could possibly go wrong? Salt pulls back the curtain of nostalgia to reveal the darker side of light entertainment: a whirlwind-memory of video hits and after-school sitcoms, of canned laughter and crocodile tears, of kids growing up too fast and adults refusing to grow up at all.
From the award winning and critically acclaimed She Said Theatre (HART, Fallen, Bock Kills Her Father) comes this unflinching new work that turns the spotlight back on the entertainment industry. What are we feeding our children? And whose appetite is really to blame?
Written by Seanna van Helten
Directed by Penny Harpham
Set & Costume Design by Owen Phillips
Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Design by Raya Slavin
Costumes by Brynna Lowen
Movement Direction by William McBride
Stage & Production Management by Piper Huynh
Cast includes Artemis Ioannides, Brigid Gallacher, and Scott Major
“There are some beautiful moments in Salt: Caitlyn plays with her shadow, colours fractured around the edge, her character held in a prism as things get unsettled and complicated… or those last decaying minutes as the light loses the actors one by one and we get a suggestion of a final revelation.”
“There’s a sense that we’re being lulled into a false sense of security; there’s the loud ’80s and ’90s prints and glitter make-up (costume designer Bryanna Lowen), colourful, bright lighting (lighting designer Amelia Lever-Davidson) …With the gloss of showbusiness rubbed away, the second half of Salt feels like sobering up. Where the kitsch Australian kitchen that forms the set of the TV show (and of the play) once felt bright and full of promise (set designer Owen Phillips), it now feels like the site of a claustrophobic, passive aggressive battle ground.”
“Amelia Lever-Davidson’s lighting – at times dramatic, at others brightly phoney (the sit-com) or deliberately flat – points up the emotions”