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‘Things I Know to be True’ sounds like an Oprah Winfrey column penned for an audience besotted with her musings. It is though a play by exceptional playwright Andrew Bovell whose writing brought to the screen Lantana, to television the brilliant adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River and to the stage When the Rain Stops Falling. Extraordinary concepts, characterisations are the hallmark of Bovell’s writing
In this instance the story is of an ordinary Australian family. The Price family of Hallet’s Cove with Mum and Dad and the four kids. But ordinary these days contains some harsh realities of a family facing the unexpected. A redundancy, transgender, embezzlement, right of passage on an overseas jaunt and skipping off to find happiness but leaving the husband and kids in the process are current issues and dilemmas for many families but here the Price family cop the lot and how they cope with them is a reflection on the concept of family and the lengths they will go to, to keep going as their world disintegrates.
Strong performances bring this play to an unexpected conclusion and the simplicity of design, the intriguing amalgamation of performance and movement that is evocative though extraneous and not integral to this play combine to make you listen and become involved in a story with issues that you hope will never happen to your family.
Things I Know to be True at The Playhouse until 11 June.