RIPE is a burst of skyrocket with a roman candle of a script… an elegantly narrative short version of a long night. The script completely nails that delicate balance between character and plot. Sydney Arts Guide
RIPE follows Claire, Elisabeth and the worlds they navigate together after meeting on New Years Eve on the streets of Sydney. One has just left high school, home and her mother’s judgement for a life with a man who won’t pick up the phone. The other knows the city down to its plumbing, people down to their darkness and has theorised her world down to its molecules. It’s a surreal and sensory exploration of the relationships with those who can cut to your core and the safety to be found outside of comfort zones.
One hour play.
Cast: 2 female characters.
Here’s to the sensible side of Valentine’s Day and the sort of love that holds up the sky
Atlas by U. A. Fanthorpe
There is a kind of love called maintenance
Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it
Which checks the insurance, and doesn’t forget
The milkman; which remembers to plant bulbs;
Which answers letters; which knows the way
The money goes; which deals with dentists
And Road Fund Tax and meeting trains,
And postcards to the lonely; which upholds
The permanently rickety elaborate
Structures of living, which is Atlas.
And maintenance is the sensible side of love,
Which knows what time and weather are doing
To my brickwork; insulates my faulty wiring;
Laughs at my dryrotten jokes; remembers
My need for gloss and grouting; which keeps
My suspect edifice upright in air,
As Atlas did the sky.
An inspiring and generous acceptance speech from Carrie Tiffany, winner of the inaugural Stella Prize; recharges the flat battery.