It’s been an enthralling and exciting Season 2013 from Queensland Theatre Company with one of the best saved for last. Kellie Lazarus as Gilda, Tama Matheson as Leo and Jason Klarwein as Otto take the lead roles to form Noël Coward’s intricately woven threesome based on the sexy, boundary -pushing 1930s play.
Written in the 1930s, Design for Living, depicts a ménage-à-trois style performance which is flirtatious and sexy causing it to raise many eyebrows when it was first written and performed. For this reason, it premiered on Broadway, New York in 1933 before returning to the London stage in 1939.
QTC’s comedic re-enactment with quick paced, witty repartee is a fitting bookend for the blockbuster season of challenging, and thought-provoking theatre in 2013.
“Design for Living comments on contemporary ideas of relationships and how these ideas have transformed through the decades to allow people to design their own relationship structures,” says Artistic Director Wesley Enoch.
“It’s a witty comedy, a wordplay that features incredibly quick and smart dialogue between the characters which suits Kellie, Tama and Jason perfectly with their backgrounds in analysing complex scripts. They’re classical actors who bring their intellectual capacity to the roles beautifully,” said Enoch.
Kellie, Tama and Jason are joined by an all-star cast including Queensland’s stage royal Carol Burns, Fez Faanana, Trevor Stuart, Bryan Probets and Andrea Moor who earlier this year directed QTC’s hugely successful production of Venus in Fur.
Image: courtesy of QTC