"Venue-wise, it’s not often you watch a play al fresco, but within the first ten minutes you’re so engrossed in the plot you’re no longer worrying about the prospect of rain, and by intermission time, you’ll probably have forgotten you were outdoors altogether. In fact, director Gaye Poole’s choice of Away for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is more than fitting for the venue. The verdant surrounding of the Camellia Lawn helps to evoke the play’s ‘holiday’ feel, and the encircling flora even serve as handy hiding spots for any offstage dialogue or sound effects."
"This relatively dark yet comedic play fits well in the venue of the camellia lawn, its trees and grassy terrain, combined with an unobtrusive garden bench and brick pathways, allows for scenes that take place inside as well as out. This garden stage gains an ethereal quality as the sky darkens and stage lights flick on, a quality that tends to be punctured by the occasional roar of traffic from the nearby highway or the muffled tones of concerts featuring elsewhere in the gardens as part of the Hamilton Gardens Festival of Arts...Gaye Poole’s direction of this production Away was a credit to the excellent reputation the Carving in Ice Theatre Company has. The chemistry between the actors created a sense of realism that the audience responded to enthusiastically. We look forward to their next production with anticipation."
"Opening with the cheeky fairies from the final scene of A Midsummer Night's Dream and played out on the Camellia Lawn as part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Michael Gow’s Away delivers more than a little magic. The feeling of togetherness between the members of the ensemble cast was evident as the strong, believable relationships and interactions of the characters could only be a product of this."
"Coral (played by Adrienne Clothier) was a subtle character at first, and Adrienne did exceptionally well in portraying the emotive reasoning behind her quiet, soft and absent minded self. Adrienne showed us the feelings and reflections of inner turmoil as Coral was dealing with the grief of losing her son in the war. She went from being so withdrawn and introverted to an overly talkative and overwhelming character, trying too hard to seem ‘normal’. Eventually, after reaching a psychological crisis point, she fled the situation and eventually found herself and a better way dealing with her grief."
"An outdoor production where you can hear and understand all the characters, that is amazing. Liked the alternation of processional movements and small speaking groups, the realism and the fantasy.
Thanks for a good evening at the theatre."
"Away last night was a triumph. Everyone should be very proud of their performances. "
"Congratulations on Away. Excellent choice of play, terrific cast, I could actually hear them too...They were all good, and retained their composure magnificently during the brief shower!...The image of Clive is now seared into my brain forever! Melinda was lovely and very convincing."