Afternoon tea with Jordan Fraser-Trumble

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2016-05-29 15.43.49We picked Scorsi e Morsi in St Kilda for a quick catch up between rehearsing for his new play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe”.

Jordan moved to St Kilda to work at the Red Stitch Theatre Company’s graduate actors program after graduating from NIDA. He found that St Kilda was such a home away from home that he stayed particularly for the wining and dining available throughout the week. He became involved with Winterfall Theatre when he met Denis Moore, director of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?”(now WAoVW) who also spent some time at Red Stitch.

Jordan plays Nick, the young good looking blonde all American new faculty member of the university run by Martha’s father. George and Martha the middle-aged couple made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the film of the same name, are the characters the play revolves around. The couple; middle aged with a highly intelligent sense of disdain for social conventions and a love of a good party with a side show of mind games.

Over the course of the night covered in the play the theme of what is real and what is illusion is explored. Nick and Honey armed with social manners and an attitude of respect for the older couple appear to have walked into a web of dysfunction while still trying to keep their nice on. The play takes us to some extremes of behaviour, which for 1962 must have been shocking and even for me, a product of this era, uncomfortable.


Can you like George and Martha?

Jordan: George and Martha are quite complex interesting people who are quite overwhelming…one of the things that is really evident in this show is the era, Nick and Honey are trying to uphold the etiquette of good behaviour yet George and Martha don’t really play the game and there are all these social rules, and they don’t really care so they have a lot of good fun and have good parties. And super intelligent, hard to keep up with. And the running theme through the play is truth and illusion.


Is it intense to see the drama unfold?

Jordan: The theatre is set in a loungeroom, it’s very dialogue rich with a very simple set… it works really well in the intimate space. Its small claustrophobic in a way and feeds the intensity due to being so sparesly furnished and dressed as a set.


About being true to Edward Albee.

Jordan: Edward Albee was very specific about stage direction which helped find what the character was thinking and doing in the play. Certainly even for the sixties it was shocking as a play.

Ultimately that is really helpful as the contract is very specific which means that there is a lot of stage direction and often if something is not sitting quite right we can get to a clearer understanding because of the comprehensive stage direction. Some plays these days there may not be that much stage direction which means it can really be open to interpretation.


Do you think that Nick and Honey’s marriage will survive the challenge?

Jordan: Edward Albee says that an alternate title for the play is “Who’s afraid to live without illusions”.. a lot of the play is about stripping away illusions and the constructs that we put up around us, our lives our relationships and the struggle to hold onto our ideas of who we are and what we are about.

Relationships like Honey and Nick do survive… and we are left with hope and a new truth, which is interesting.


Winterfall Theatre

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical TM, on behalf of Samuel French. Ltd.

Previews: Tuesday 14th June to Saturday 18th June @ 7.30pm and Sunday 19th June @ 2pm

Opening night: Tuesday 21st June @ 7.30pm

Season: Tuesday to Saturday @ 7.30pm and Sunday @ 2pm until Sunday 10th July

Directed by Denis Moore

Chris Connelly

Jordan Fraser- Trumble

Cassandra Magrath

Michele Williams

Ticket Prices: $25- $38

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