Photo courtesy Chapel Off Chapel
Every now and then there’s a venue has range eclectic enough to rival even that of The Plus Ones.
Chapel off Chapel certainly aren’t the new kids on the block, but their fresh range of shows are something for the (adult) kids to be talking about. Celebrating their 20th year in action next year, the arts and entertainment venue have hosted everything from Coldplay to comedian group Tripod, with no sign of slowing down.
Their October program emulates this with a range of cabaret, comedy and of course several Fringe Festival events. Be inspired at An Afternoon With where professionals from the entertainment industry discuss their lives. Enjoy a favourite re-worked, such as the latest contemporary take on Pygmalion named Spike Heels. Or if you’re partial to the slightly disturbing then don’t miss Carrie – The Musical.
At heart Carrie deals with the perpetually relevant issues of bullying, teenagers coping with the anxieties of growing up and of course, love. Though this is anything but a feel good rom-com; with telekinesis, religious extremism, and skewered views of ‘good’ creating a revelling gothic tragedy.
Though originally a Stephen King novel, many would remember Carrie as Brian De Palma’s iconic 1970’s film that helped start a trend of deeply dark teen movies. After watching the 2013 remake I was perplexed and curious as to how it could be translated to theatre, let alone a musical.
Director Terence O’Connell met this challenge by understanding what attributes would and wouldn’t suit theatre through utilizing his strengths to simplify a complex plot. Musical director Andrew Leach secured these strengths with an eerie soundtrack that was simplistic and emotionally appropriate.
The absolute stand out of the production was Emily Milledge’s creepily convincing performance as Carrie. Milledge completely embodied a difficult character right through with subtle hand gestures, facial composure and obscure voice.
Carrie, ending October 12th, will surely please theatre lovers and those that like their entertainment a little dark. However if musicals aren’t your cup of tea then choose from the array of events showing throughout October.
The venue’s location near the corner of Malvern Rd and Chapel St allows you to get an appetising slice of culture, followed by an indulgent selection of bars, clubs and restaurants at your fingertips.
Ruby Brown is a freelance journalist who left sunny Byron Bay for the big smoke (Melbourne) four years ago and now happily calls this cultural hub home
Chapel Off Chapel
12 Little Chapel Street
Disclosure: The Plus Ones attended Carrie courtesy of Chapel Off Chapel.