Taking Liberty, a play written by Ingle Knight, celebrates the Australian staff’s win on the 1983 America’s Cup, a premier worldwide crusing competitors. It tells the story of West Australian businessman Alan Bond’s derring-do and dedication to win the race after effectively over a century of US domination, and the technical ingenuity and athletic prowess of the staff that created and sailed Australia II with Bond’s sponsorship.
Actors Luke Hewitt, Joel Jackson and Kazimir Sas every play totally different roles, however primarily Alan Bond, skipper and crew chief John Bertrand and yacht designer Ben Lexcen respectively. Hewitt is a forceful actor and presents an affable interpretation of the fierce and infrequently rash Bond. Jackson channels cool circumspection, charisma and athleticism as Bertrand. He has nice bodily prowess on stage. Sas packs a robust emotional punch because the distraught however fervently hopeful Lexcen. His glorious comedian timing retains tempo all through the present. This can be a West Australian manufacturing staff’s stellar rendition of an iconic West Australian story.
The manufacturing makes use of video and animation projections to enrich the on-stage dwell motion. This creates a cinematic impact that works very effectively for the play. Routes and maps, visible explainers, footage of the ocean and different yachts kind the perfectly-timed backdrop to the motion. The manufacturing worth of the videography is excellent and fittingly reproduces the cinematic methods of the Nineteen Eighties.
There’s an effervescence within the present that strikes the viewer as actually consultant of the long-lasting Australian crusing achievement it depicts. The actors are energetic and energy by the frenetic efficiency demanded of aggressive sailors. The transitions between the roles and scenes happen seamlessly and, with such adeptness, you typically neglect that this can be a three-hander. It takes a sure pedigree and degree of experience to make such transitions appear easy, and the three actors on this present do precisely that.
Stuart Halusz’s directing rises to the assorted calls for of the present, from integrating the video and live-action components to encapsulating the lengthy historical past of Australia’s evolving engagement with the America’s Cup with its quite a few highs and lows in a taut efficiency. The play’s assured tempo and profitable supply of tightly packed epochal development are a testomony to the director’s calibre.
The fortieth anniversary of the 1983 America’s Cup win is being celebrated on the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle with this play and an exhibition that options pictures of the competitors and mounted replicas of Australia II.
The commemorations are positive to evoke nice nostalgia amongst individuals who keep in mind the race and the information protection surrounding it. For individuals who weren’t there on the time, there’s a lot to study from the exhibition and play. As an example, the race immortalised the picture of the boxing kangaroo, a ubiquitous image of Australia’s combating spirit. It additionally galvanised neighborhood spirit in Australia and fostered a cohesive identification within the worldwide sporting enviornment in a singular means, homing in on its distinctiveness as an island nation with a maritime historical past.
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After I first noticed the well-known footage of Prime Minister Bob Hawke celebrating the win over a decade in the past, I knew instinctively that there was one thing particular about that second in Australian historical past. The play and exhibition on the WA Maritime Museum present a complete view of this second and its significance.
Taking LibertyTheatre 180 and WA Maritime MuseumWriter: Ingle KnightDirector: Stuart HaluszSound designer: Ben CollinsVisual design: Gneiss DesignVisual manufacturing: Sunburnt FilmsCostume designers: Neil Sheriff and Ingrid ZurzoloAssistant sound designer: Noah IvulichTheme music composer: Craig SkeltonCast: Luke Hewitt, Joel Jackson and Kazimir Sas
Taking Liberty will likely be carried out till 1 October 2023.