An article by Tim Douglas in today’s The Australian online tells the sorrowful story of Penrith’s Q Theatre who have pulled a show, a week before opening, because the production doesn’t accord with the author’s wishes. The play, called Alienation has been withdrawn because the playright, Lachlan Philpott has raised concerns that he considers the production of Alienation currently showing by the Perth Theatre Company (which was to show in Penrith between 18 and 27 July 2013), does not reflect his original, scripted or communicated intentions as the playwright.
Penrith’s Q Theatre yesterday cancelled its week-long season of Lachlan Philpott’s AlieNation following its controversial premiere at Perth Theatre Company on July 2. The playwright claims directorial changes to his script no longer represented his original intention and he has since had his name officially withdrawn as author of the work.
At its premiere in Perth, Philpott was allowed to leave notes on audience seats recording his displeasure: “I would like to acknowledge the people who bravely shared their stories and the actors and creative artists who contributed to this work in good faith. However, the outcome of this production does not reflect my original, scripted or communicated intentions as the playwright.”
The Australian Writers Guild released a statement last night saying the playwright’s request to be officially withdrawn as the author of the work was done “to maintain his integrity as the author of the original script”.
Q Theatre released a statement expressing support for the playwright but refused to comment further.”
|From Opera Australia’s 2013 production of
Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) by G Verdi.