THE WHALE, Redline Productions at the Old Fitz, 2 February-4 March 2016. Photography by Rupert Reid: above - Alex Beauman and Keith Agius; right: Chloe Bayliss.
It’s a pity American playwright Samuel D Hunter isn’t in Sydney to see this staging of his 2012 play The Whale – he couldn’t fail to be thrilled by it. Directed by Shane Anthony, the actors – Keith Agius, Chloe Bayliss, Alex Beauman, Meredith Penman and Hannah Waterman – are a superb company and this production must surely be yet another box office and critical success for Redline.
The play is set in a shabby apartment living room where Charlie (Keith Agius) is surely killing himself with misery and junk food. He is a grotesque figure, weighing some 270kgs and scarcely able to move from the groaning sofa where he spends his days and nights. His only contact with the wider world is via his laptop and headset through which he painstakingly lectures disinterested students in an online Eng.Lit. course.