Welcome to Sydney Independent Theatre Company
Sydney Independent Theatre Company in association with
Type Faster Productions and Harlos Productions presents
The Les Robinson Story & Belle of the Cross
by Kieran Carroll and Angelika Fremd
Two one act plays about a couple of Sydney's unique and iconic storytellers
8pm Tues-Sat, 5pm Sun
18 - 29 November 2014
The Les Robinson Story by Kieran Carroll
Directed by Ron Hadley Featuring Martin Portus
Designed by David Jeffrey Produced by Julie Baz
Australian story worth telling, and the lively, skilled performance and text make it a pleasure to experience."
Cameron Woodhead, The Age
Previously staged to high acclaim in Sydney in 2011 and Melbourne in 2013, this one-man comedy-drama about idiosyncratic
Sydney short story writer and freelance journalist Les Robinson, from award-winning Melbourne playwright Kieran Carroll explores
an uncompromising artistic life through challenging times. The Les Robinson Story is a tale told over 25 years of
an hilariously introspective bohemian swimming against the tide of Australia's mainstream.
Les Robinson was an eccentric figure on Sydney's bohemia scene between the 1920s and 1960s, whose unconventional
ways gained him much local notoriety. Refusing to pay rent, he lived in derelict houses and caves around Sydney Harbour, writing,
fishing and playing his gramophone on the rocks. A former Radio National arts broadcaster and critic returning to the stage
after 30 years, NIDA-trained Martin Portus began his career in the name role of JC Williamson's Oliver!
and has since appeared in many roles with the then South Australian Theatre Company, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Griffin
Theatre Company and TV series including Arcade and The Young Doctors. Playwright Kieran Carroll has written
twelve full-length plays including A Fitzroy Romance and Sons of Sun (The Sam Phillips Story).
Belle of the Cross by Angelika Fremd
by David Ritchie Featuring Gertraud Ingeborg Designed by David Jeffrey Produced
by Julie Baz
"Angelika Wiese paints
a touching portrait of life (and death) on the streets and a gritty portrait of Sydney fast-disappearing fleshpot." Jason
Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
Originally staged in 2007 by Harlos Productions, we invite you to once again walk the streets of the Cross with Belle.
Like the dawn birds of the Cross who scavenge among the refuse left
over from the night's ecstatic rites, Belle is a connoisseur of the pavement. Fecund ground she calls it, stained with
life's residue. Blood, dirt, rubbish, condoms and bird shit.
Up Darlinghurst, down Roslyn, left into Ward, past the fountain...Belle recites her litany. The winters get colder
though, while Belle waits for the thief, who stole her money, and with it her life, to be caught. How many winters has ageing,
homeless Belle left?
Gertraud Ingeborg has been working for the stage as an actress, director
and producer since 1986. Her acting credits include Streetcar Named Desire (with Cate Blanchett, directed by Liv
Ullmann, which toured Washington and New York) Manna, Thyestes and This Little Piggy for Sydney Theatre
Company. Angelika Wiese, an author of novels, poems and stories, scripted and directed performances based on the work of the
Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann for the Goethe Institut and the Lookout Theatre. In 2003 she scripted the Words off the
Wall multimedia performance staged at the Darlinghurst Theatre as part of the Kings Cross Festival.
5pm Sun 18 - 29 November
Previews Tues 18 and Wed 19 November
Old Fitzroy Theatre
129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
$32 full / $26 conc / $21 cheap Tues and preview
$39 / $33 / $28 meal and show