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Oracles and Miracles

ensemble theatre · oracles and miracles · Ages 15+ · 90 mins · New Zealand

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 22, 2019
My vote for the BEST of the Festival. This is beautifully directed and expertly acted. Mark Taper Forum Quality. LOVED IT! ... full review
ELLA JAMES certified reviewer June 22, 2019
The trope of sisters is a familiar one, and don't let the fact that this one is based in New Zealand from early last century make you think it isn't relevant because it is to sisters everywhere. When you grow up so close together and your lives take a divergent path. Director Leah Patterson has chosen to use an interesting tool to portray the women in their youth and then their later years...a clothesline with a sheet as projection screen and footage of the older women. It is beautifully done, and playwright Norelle Scotts interpretation of Stevan Eldred-Grigg's book Oracles and Miracles is a beautiful transition from book to stage. Amy Waller's 'Fag' brilliantly captures the small town snobbery that results from new money, while I wasn't su... full review
ADRIENNE KOHLER certified reviewer June 09, 2019
tagged as: New Zealand · drama
Oracles and Miracles offers a bittersweet insight into a fundamental faultline in the New Zealand psyche – the “tall poppy syndrome” - and it’s effect on two sisters growing up in depression-era Christchurch (a regional city in the South Island of New Zealand). The play follows two working-class sisters, nicknamed Ginnie and Fag, from their early childhood in the depression through to motherhood in the baby boom of the early fifties. We journey with them and discover how each sister’s response to their neglectful and abusive mother constantly reminding them not to get “too big for their boots” drives their dreams, hopes, ambitions and need for love and belonging – and the effect this has on their relationship with each other. ... full review
GARY BOOHER certified reviewer June 21, 2019
This is a real play with a solid plot and good writing and acting. Although it is a period play set in New Zealand with a deceptively homey central story about two sisters, it also delves into family abuse, socio-economic class differences and other issues that are timeless.... full review
DAMIAN SOMMERLAD certified reviewer June 21, 2019
tagged as: relatable · personal · heartfelt
A timeless portrait of family life and the sacrifice of aspiration pitched against a prejudiced yet not too distant past... ... full review
KYM WILSON certified reviewer June 16, 2019
Don't miss this excellent production! Profoundly moving. We were blown away by the quality of the writing, direction and performances in this new play. ... full review
SHIRLEY ANDERSON certified reviewer June 08, 2019
This is a cleverly presented, seemingly simple (but powerful) story, beautifully adapted and played by some really talented actors. ... full review
VINCENT TERRELL DURHAM certified reviewer June 07, 2019
tagged as: Beautiful
A beautiful night of theatre. The storytelling is wonderful and engaging. A Fringe must see!... full review
INA WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 24, 2019
Really good show. Creative use of the minimalist set. Engaging story. ... full review