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POET S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
Interviewing actors is the
exact opposite of interviewing
"All actors are whores," Sean
Taylor declares sweepingly mere
minutes after we have met.
Such honesty is rarely heard
from our elected leaders, but clearly
political correctness is not high
on Taylor s agenda. This is lucky,
considering he is starring in the
undeniably naughty Entertaining
Mr Sloane for the State Theatre
Taylor has been cast as Ed, the
play s straight man who hides
a secret twist to his personality.
His character s combination of
conservatism and rabid inappro-
priateness is almost a microcosm
for the whole play, in which the
tight-laced norms of the 50s are
pitted against the naked (literally)
desires of the 60s.
State Theatre Company audi-
ences, who last sat through the
hefty The 7 Stages of Grieving,
are in for a gear change with the
farce-like piece by Joe Orton.
"We re getting a little too
profound," Taylor warns me when I
start asking lots of questions about
themes and messages.
"It s a funny comedy. People die,
people get murdered and people get
seduced and the audience laughs."
Despite this, Taylor feels the
piece stops just short of being an
"Some directors push the farce
aspect and then the characters
become caricatures," he says.
"My belief is the comedy comes
out of the reality of the situation, so
you have to be as true to real life as
Taylor describes all the charac-
ters as "sociopaths" -- a description
which aligns well with the amoral
nature of the black comedy. His
real-world wife, Jacki Weaver, stars
alongside him, playing Ed s sister
The couple have a long history of
"It s the fifth or sixth time we ve
worked together; it really is quite
enjoyable," Taylor says.
Weaver has been fitting in
Entertaining Mr Sloane rehearsals
around the promotion of her
much-lauded appearance in the
Australian gangster film Animal
Kingdom. Taylor has not had the
same recent on-screen luck as his
"I just did an episode of Sea
Patrol and I ve never seen a worse
performance by an actor than mine.
Then I was in Underbelly a few days
back, but thankfully that was okay,"
"I can t stand watching myself on
screen. I always think: Where have
my cheekbones gone? I ve got jowls
Theatre is Taylor s true love
and he recently returned to South
Africa -- his birth country -- to
appear in an Athol Fugard play
written especially for him.
He and Weaver are celebrated
veterans of the stage, as is fellow
cast member Dennis Olsen. Renato
Fabretti, who plays the title
character, is a little younger and
yet to fully carve out his niche, but
looks set to rise quickly.
"I think one thing about Renato
is he s not lacking in confidence,"
Taylor says. "I don t think he s
intimidated at all and he s got a great
manipulative character to play."
State Theatre Company director
Adam Cook is in the director s
chair for Sloane, with the action
taking place on a kitsch 50s and 60s
crossover set designed by Victoria
Taylor has enjoyed the lead-up
to the show, saying Cook "runs a
great shop". With Taylor s natural
tendency for wit and dangerous
humour, it s likely the audience will
enjoy his part in the piece as much
as he s enjoyed rehearsing it.
Entertaining Mr Sloane plays at the
Dunstan Playhouse from July 2-25.
Adelaide author Phillipa
Fioretti is the first major
new talent to emerge
from the Manuscript
run jointly by publishers
Hachette Australia and the
Queensland Writers Centre.
Fioretti submitted The Book
of Love in 2008 and, after
completing the program,
received a two-book
contract -- a rarity for an
This is an impressive
debut novel with well-
drawn characters, a
well-paced plotline and just
a touch of glamour. Yes,
it s a quirky love story, but
the title refers to an ancient
and rare volume of erotica.
The story throws Lily and
Robbie into the arms of the
mafia and other not-so-nice
types, and takes them on a
wild ride from Sydney to
Lily is a refreshing
leading lady -- sexy, funny,
and flawed. Her bed-sharing
business partner Robbie is
largely absent during the
action but is still a crucial
figure as Lily races to find
him before the real baddies
do him some serious
damage. William, the fine
arts sleuth sent around the
world to retrieve the price-
less tome, is deliciously
enigmatic until the end.
Fioretti writes with
a sensuous touch. You
can almost taste the
delectable jams Lily makes
so lovingly and eats with
such unashamed pleasure.
There are also wonderful
descriptions of the
elegant vintage clothes she
wears. Not surprisingly,
vintage fashion is one of the
1) Autumn Poem
Red, orange leaves falling.
People dive and play with them
until the workers come,
to rake them up.
while the leaves are still falling.
2) Old Age
Some days I feel like an old dog,
putting one foot in front of the other
living from minute to minute,
hour to hour, day to day,
fobbed off with titbits
and the occasional treats,
sniffing out whiffs of pleasure
in odd corners,
seeking a patch of sunlight
and the comforts of small warmths
while Time, stands with the door ajar
waiting for me to accept the invitation.
1) Hugh Weeks, aged seven, cares for the
environment and is in Year 2 at St Joseph s
2) Doreen Clarke, 82 years young, is a
former professional playwright and has
fun writing poetry.
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can
be emailed with postal address to poet-
posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor,
Independent Weekly, GPO Box 114, Ad-
elaide 5001. A poetry book will be awarded
to each contributor.
The Book of Love by Phillipa Fioretti
Dennis Olsen (back), Sean Taylor,
Renato Fabretti and Jacki Weaver
in Entertaining Mr Sloane.
Photo: Shane Reid.
author s passions and
there are some lustful
pieces displayed on her
A follow-up novel,
The Fragment of
Dreams, is due for
release next year.
If it s as good as her
first title, Fioretti s
reputation as a success-
ful Australian author
should be assured.
-- Diana Carroll
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