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1) The Creation of Wings
Carefully plucked and added
butterfly wings, bright and orange
eyes of their own ward against evil
clear wings of dragon fly
break illusions with their magic
mixed the feathered wings of birds
from the ladybird
hardened strong wings
remind of wishes and family
wings from flies
wings from bees
dance a language
the leathery wings from bats
guard against the shadows.
Sacrifices for the flightless
stirred with the light of the moon
fixed with the heat from breasts
grown in the wonder of nature
spread on the air from the mind
wings are born.
Glint from ancient past:
blackbird looks me in the eye --
T. Rex s brother.
1) Lilliana Rose grew up on sheep and cropping
farm in South Australia. She has a background in
genetics research, secondary school science teach-
ing, and recently returned from three months volun-
teer work in Peru. 2) J.K. Brand has published his
haiku, senryu, tanka, and kanshi verses in Japan.
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed
with postal address to poetscorner@independentweekly.
com.au or posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor, In-
dependent Weekly, GPO Box 114 Adelaide 5001. A poetry
book will be awarded to each contributor.
POET S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
Serena, Ron Rash
Arthur Miller s The Price has
been on Adam Cook s wish
list for years, so this week s
opening of his production will be
personally satisfying for the State
Theatre Company director.
The Price is a meaty tale which
dips the audience into a world of
questions about family, choices and,
of course, money, in that famously
stark Miller fashion.
"He has such a wonderful
forensic eloquence in the way he
takes people apart," Cook said.
The play is set in the 60s, but in
a world still reeling from the stock
market crash of the 20s. Cook
was keen to make it part of the
company s 2010 season because
of its narrative parallel with last
year s financial crisis.
"It s a play about the relationship
between money and the fear of
suddenly losing everything. It s
very resonant with what s been
happening in our global markets,"
The timelessness of the classic
play is the aspect he expects will
evoke the greatest emotional
reaction from audiences.
"Everyone recognises things in
this play. You can see them identify
with different relationships and
scenarios being played out on
Preview audiences have
responded well, with ticket sales
steadily climbing as word-of-mouth
spreads. The cast has been adapting
to audiences, taking a softer view
of the characters than Cook would
"People have been laughing much
more than expected in the previews,
so we ve been working with that
reaction in preparation for opening
night," he says.
The veteran actors in the cast
are unlikely to be fazed by the
evolutionary process. Michael
Habib, Carmel Johnson and Dennis
Olsen are what Cook jokingly labels
"serial offenders" for the State
Theatre Company, having worked
extensively with it in the past.
Fourth cast member Pip Miller
is the odd man out. Sydney-based
Miller is originally from the United
Kingdom, but caught Cook s eye
after starting work in Australia
when he emigrated here in 2002.
Since then he has worked with
the State Theatre Company as part
of its Sydney season of The Goat,
Or Who is Sylvia?
"My loyalty is very hugely in
favour of casting Adelaide actors,
so there s three actors our audi-
ences love to see and also Pip, who
they might not have seen on stage
before," Cook said.
Cook s direction of this team has
been an exercise in restraint.
"Miller plays are wonderfully
passionate and I wanted the actors
to resist just yelling their heads off
at each other, even though that can
feel like you re really acting.
"For everything the character
says in this play, there s a whole
drop-down menu of other things
that could be said. So you have to
think about why they re saying
what they re saying."
Given that the words were
written by the incomparable Miller,
there is no doubt a reason for every
turn of phrase.
The Price plays at the Dunstan
Playhouse until May 16.
Despite the hyperbole claiming that
Ron Rash is the new Steinbeck, he
nevertheless pens an extremely fine tale
Partly drawing on true events, this
Depression-era saga is set amid the
opening up of the Smoky Mountains
Rash s desperately
ters. Serena and
her new husband
by their surnames)
take their lust for
power to extremes
in this uncompro-
As the death
toll among their
greed drives a
rabid land grab
have them claimed
as national parks.
With a persona that makes Lady
Macbeth seem like an angel, Serena is
one cunning, ruthless and downright
Rash cleverly toys with the reader:
at times he evokes empathy for the
Pembertons, but with the aid of some
nasty henchmen he soon has you
wondering at their inherent cruelty.
Rash is an accomplished writer,
evoking scenes of misery and hardship
among the itinerant lumber workers.
A bunch of
led by Snipes and
a droll com-
mentary on the
the crows on the
wire in those old
the values and
America s Deep
South, this is a
fine read, with
of its many
there s now talk
of Angelina Jolie
bringing the role to the big screen. What
greater acclaim for a writer in the 21st
-- Peter C. Pugsley
Text Publishing, RRP $32.95.
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State Theatre Company regulars Michael Habib and Pip Miller in The Price.
Veteran actors Carmel Johnson, Michael Habib, Pip Miller and Dennis Olsen star in
Adam Cook s adaptation of The Price.
Price is right for Cook
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