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Good People

“We have this myth that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. It’s not a very American thing to say, but I don’t think that’s true. It’s true for a lot of people, but you need other things to succeed. You need luck, you need opportunity, and you need the life skills to recognize what an opportunity is.” David Lindsay-Abaire

Margaret may be a struggling single mother, but she’s got good bingo friends. Having been ‘let go’ by the local Dollar Store, a chance encounter with an old flame provides an opportunity to get ahead. He’s well-off, smart and handsome, and has escaped their childhood neighbourhood with a college education. Inveigling her way into his home, Margaret poses a sudden threat to his picture-perfect family life.

David Lindsay-Abaire’s wonderfully whip-smart comedy of manners shakes up a delicious cocktail of secrets, lies, class and race and asks the question: what makes us GOOD PEOPLE?

With minimal budget and multiple locations, Tobhiyah devised a setting that keeps the story grounded in the poverty of our protagonists life – with her struggles playing out in the back alley where she is laid off in the  very first scene. A whimsical scene change language of actors moving furniture synchronised with flown elements supported the fluid pace of the play. A motorised roller door was housed in the upstage structure, providing arresting motion and slice of real life.


 “The Set Design by Tobhiyah Stone Feller, is one of the best I have seen in this small space. It has a fluidity and integral, organic, aesthetic that seems to seamlessly move from the location demands, one to the other, of the play, with minimal effort.
GOOD PEOPLE is really good writing, supported by a really good production, all round.
Go.”
Kevin Jackson


“It’s not a towering drama by any means, but this smoothly geared staging chimes repeatedly in its consideration of the ways our backgrounds mark us for life and sometimes make us vulnerable.”
Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

Mark Kilmurry’s production of Good People is slickly, skillfully staged, Tobhiyah Stone Feller’s set design that morphs from roller door struggle street to gracious, genteel comfortability is ingenious.”
Richard Cotter, Australian Stage

Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director of the Ensemble, claimed this plum for himself, and responded with a brilliant set from Tobhiyah Stone Feller and pitch perfect casting led by Tara Morice in the role created in America by Frances McDormand.”
Frank Hatherley, Stage Whispers

“The setting (design Tobhiyah Stone Feller and Ross Graham lighting) is the back alley behind the Dollar Store with a graffiti-covered roller door neatly signifying much about the post-affluent world of slum retail and, with a change of lights and addition of a kitchen table and chairs, Margaret’s kitchen or the church hall bingo venue.”
Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

Set & Costume Design
TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER
Team
DANIEL STUKEL BEASLY, JEFF TIGHE


Director: MARK KILMURRY
Assistant Director: PRISCILLA JACKMAN
Playwright: DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE
Lighting Design: ROSS GRAHAM
Costume Supervisor: ALANA CANCERI
Production Management: TOM BLUNT
Stage Manager: STEPHANIE LINDWALL
Production Co-ordination: SIMON GREER
Set Construction: STAGING RENTALS
Cast: GAEL BALLANTYNE,
DREW LIVINGSTON, TARA MORICE,
ZINDZI OKENYO,
JANE PHEGAN, CHRISTOPHER STOLLERY
Photographer: CLARE HAWLEY


Ensemble Theatre 
Sydney
April- May 2016

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