This footage contains a performance of Comfort Zone as performed in the 2005 Melbourne Fringe Festival, at Hotel Bedford, North Melbourne with Alexis Bebe, Timothy Wotherspoon, Melanie Sharp, Steven Sparke and Izeqiel McCoy.
The Arts Minister’s coming and the media’s on their way, but still, there are not enough balloons for the launch of next year’s theatre season! In the upstairs office of a small inner-city theatre, an ugly battle for ultimate power is in full swing. The Artistic Director, the Yes-man, the writer and God forbid, even the cleaning lady are slamming doors and opening windows in this fast-paced, action-packed tour de farce that takes a knife to this incestuous theatre industry.
Comfort Zone tells the story of a woman with more power than she deserves, whose lost touch with the reality of the industry she claims to have single-handedly created. Deirdre James is a protagonist clinging to the last bastion of power (let alone integrity) and in between programming her friend’s work and shagging the Art’s Minister’s PA, she flaunts herself with an air of superiority wrapped round a Greenroom Award.
This is a woman who can make or break the drug and alcohol addictions of many aspiring playwrights.
First produced in the 2005 Melbourne Fringe Festival
Direction by Elizabeth Penny
Co-written with Stuart Pursell
Alexis Bebee … Deirdre James
Timothy Wotherspoon … Yes-Man
Melanie Sharp … Sheeren
Steven Sparke … Grantley McPorpus
Izeqiel McCoy … Brian
1 Flemington Road
North Melbourne, Victoria
Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th
Lighting Designer … David Watts
Lighting Operator … Gavan O'Neill
Publicity Assistant … Melanie Sharp
Producer … Darren Brealey