Events - 2012




In November 1994, two young men, Richard Elsey and Jamie Petrolini were sentenced to life imprisonment for the apparently motiveless murder of a taxi driver, Mohammed el-Sayed. In the spring of 1996, English Playwright Chris Goode wrote a play about it. In Weepie, the true story of this apparently inexplicable act of violence is audaciously intertwined with that of St Mary of Oignies, a 12th century French mystic best known for her hysterical weeping. Violence is mostly associated with young men from 'deprived' backgrounds, but Petrolini and Elsey, both nineteen-year-old students, were impeccably upper middle class. The killing destabilised notions of respectability and bewildered public and media alike. 'Weepie' addresses that bewilderment, pulling apart youthful notions of masculinity in a heady mix of absurd ritual, eroticism, magic realism, metaphysics and hard hitting drama. The ingredients of the play are stunning: a 'good looking youth with a classical education'; 'a happy mellow kid' training to kill; a talkshow host out of his depth; a French mystic who picks up radio through her teeth. Weepie is a dynamic and unforgettable play of startling originality and force. This confronting two-hander is the first production by Urban Myth_x0019_ s newly established Senior Ensemble. Proudly sponsored by Poster Impact, the Senior Ensemble are a group of exceptionally talented theatre artists dedicated to bringing South Australian audiences the very best of a new generation.

Leave a comment

(Maximum 500 characters)

Notify me of followup comments via email please.


Media Archive

Add your Fringe content for this event here...


Photo Albums (0)

Videos (0)

Audios (0)

Files (0)

Links (0)
Bookmark & Share... Bookmark and Share

Please submit your report