Toilet is sick and tired of being anchored to the spot. Friends, Screwdriver and Spanner hear Toilet’s moaning and groaning and decide to do something about ‘his’ plight.
Releasing Toilet from the confines of the ‘little room’, the three friends escape for the day to the Royal Show. Spanner and Screwdriver ensure that all three of them are well protected from the sun and make hats from toilet rolls for the outing.
At the show however, a cow uses Toilet, people mistake ‘him’ for a trash can, and the combination of a ride on the Super Scooper and junk food induces a rethink of Toilet’s primary role.
Toilet returns home more accepting of his place…and lot in life.
This initial story sets the scene for further instalments and a possible series. Toilet Goes Hawaiian, Scuba Toilet and Toilet Skydiver are titles I am considering. Screwdriver and Spanner are the constant companions/accomplices.
A week before she is due to farrow, Esmeralda, a Saddleback sow, forages and carts a variety of objects to the cattle ramp where she builds a nest. The weather is changeable to the point of being extreme on each of the seven days leading up to the sow’s confinement.
To capture the essence of this picture book, the illustrations show the important extra threads of this story.
As well as the pig’s story it is also the children’s and their parents. The farmer has a farrowing pen ready but Esmeralda’s instinct determines she knows best. The farmer is busy and relies on his ever-vigilant children to interrupt their play activity to watch but not interfere with the pig.
And layered over this is a story of global warming, climate change and a penchant for surreal swine recycling as Esmeralda gathers and assembles her nesting material.
It could very well be a ‘Where’s Wally’ type nest.
But nature is timely and decrees that the hard rubbish is on the perimeter of the Esmeralda’s nest while the softer stuff is in the centre.
Origami the goose shovels for bugs under the orange trees in the garden but she still helps Marco plant vegetable seedlings for his grandparents.
Her mate Tapley, the gander, is always on guard.
Origami travels with Marco and his grandparents to sell oranges in a carpark near the airport.
Marco puts a rainbow nappy on the goose when she rides in the truck.
Origami draws a large crowd when she stands on the bonnet and honks at planes, cars and the people who buy oranges from Marco’s grandparents.
The other stall holders wish for a goose to help them sell their fruit and vegetables.
Origami might just have the answer to their wishes.
A splash of William Burroughs. A drop of Hunter S. Thompson. Add a pinch of Paul Kelly. This heady mix is reminiscent of a Pink Floyd film clip.
Gabriel Dorset is seroconverting to HIV. He doesn’t know it.
However, an unrelenting fever disturbs him. An application to the Lamington Council for the Arts to mount a production of Swan Lake with 500 Little People is a priority.
His creative partner Marcia Font- also a Little Person- assists Gabriel with the ballet renamed Cygnet Waterhole. It’s to be staged outdoors in the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park south of Adelaide by their Mt Compass company, Cloaca Inc. The cast, refugees from Hindmarsh Island, are realigned by Mother Teresa, a bevy of postulants and Golda, a transvestite salmon who liaises with the Akashic Records.
Delirious Gabriel has lost all sense of time. It’s Monday forever somewhere between here and where geography and history rebirth Thomas Hardy and an Australian print run of Far from the Madding Midgets.
Hardy’s manuscript envelopes Shepherd’s Hill. Sheep are the editors. Moses provides the flock. From a cherry picker he controls traffic lights, driverless vehicles and a new breed of miniature sheep, Baby Dolls.
He still manages to tuck those historic tablets underarm.
The $130 000 000 application to the Lamington Council is approved. Cygnet River Dairies are major sponsors. They use Cygnet Waterhole to promote Glide, a new butter blend.
Between Mt Compass and the Hyperbole Bar, Gabriel seeks out Jesus. Mt Compass is also home to Frank Ly a psychotherapist who is surrounded by chooks. Gabriel visits him.
This meeting is intriguing and scarily déjà vu.
With Cygnet Waterhole Gabriel has to embrace the surreal and the mind-blowing delineation of his public and private personas.
This is something he’s been sweating on for a lifetime.
Cast director and writer for the latest play reading of Brewing at The Annexe Theatre in Launceston November 6 2013.
Brewing is a full length professional production dealing with issues to do with HIV, domestic violence and family relationships. In 2008,The Lampshade Shop received a grant of $18,000 from The Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust (Arts SA) to creatively develop and workshop Brewing prior to a public play reading in 2009 directed by Daniel Clarke. The late Geoff Crowhurst who initiated and directed the play’s development worked with Robert, dramaturge Peter Matheson, and a cast of professional actors including Bridget Walters, Nick Pelomis, Tamara Lee, Irena Dangov and David Adams.
Guy Mason has recently been diagnosed with HIV. Although living on the mainland he returns to visit his family on their former hop farm in Tasmania. Guy wants to reveal his status to his family members but is confronted with his sister’s ongoing problems with an abusive husband and his ageing mother’s frail health. The farm is in the process of being subdivided and the hop kiln (pronounced kil’, by the locals) is up for sale. Peter Conway, Guy’s boyhood sweetheart is interested in buying the kil’ and turning it into a B and B. He is unaware that Guy is back home. Old passions are rekindled, Guy’s mother becomes seriously ill and his sister looks for an escape from her failed marriage. The kil’ becomes the focus of sharing family truths but also sets the scene for a positive future… for those who are still living.
Images from the reading of Brewing…