With it’s cheeky title that makes you giggle as you order tickets, From Arsehole To Breakfast is a tender, funny, charming story about finding true love and keeping it. Brilliant cast performances and wonderful writing guarantees this extraordinary debut play by Warrick Glynn will both entertain and move you.
Steve (Daniel Madrigali) is an commitment-phobe and serial dating machine. He meets great guys, and just when things are getting good, he finds some reason to end it before things get too intimate. That is, until he meets Joe (Zoran Babic). Joe is a lovely guy who just might be the one for Steve if he could only get through to him. It all comes to a head when the two decide to introduce each other to their families at dinner. Will Joe get through? Will Steve stuff up and lose a man that he really loves? Will Steve’s parents and best friend help or hinder the process? You’ll have to see for yourself.
From Arsehole To Breakfast is a light hearted but none the less deep exploration of relationships, intimacy and learning about how to really love. And we aren’t just talking about sexual relationships, but even familial ones. In fact some of the best moments occur between the friends and family in this show, reminding us all of the importance of all the relationships in our lives.
First time playwrite Warrick Glynn has a hell of a lot to be proud of. It’s an incredibly well written and considered work. It’s surprisingly fresh and not at all cheesy, defying the usual ‘cliches’ of a gay play; There are no scenes inside a gay club or scenes with nudity. Trashy titillation is pushed aside in favour of actual decent and authentic dialogue, and excellent performances that really does bring the tale to life.
Director Andrew Vial has done a great job of helping translate this debut effort to the stage with excellent choices including the staging. His touch keeps the play well paced, and the performances authentic.
Performances in the show are brilliant from the entire cast, but particularly the two leads (Madrigali and Babic) who really hold incredible depth in their characters from beginning to end. With her New Zealand accent, Belinda (Kerry Lander) plays a believeable best friend, and both Mary (Lynda West) and Neville (Bruce Carboon) are perfect as parents. I was totally sold. Thoughtful, focused and well considered performances resound, drawing you into the story being told. It was wonderful to experience.
I must commend the production for it’s casting of real people who suited their roles and rose to the occasion. I was excited to see such a variety of actors in the show, with a range of age, sexuality and gender. And despite the range of acting experience, they all delivered performances that were spot on. It looked real, and it felt real.
My one criticism comes from a very slight timing issue. Set and scene changes needed to be snappier. It seems like a real nitpicking thing to say, but it would charge up the pace of the show up and make it even more riveting. It would have been great to have snapped from some scenes directly into the next.
From Arsehole To Breakfast is a must see that will touch your heart and tickle your funnybone. Like it’s author, it is destined for great things. It plays at Northcote Town Hall from 26th to 31st January 2010 as a part of the Midsumma Festival.