|Venue||The Performance Space, Redfern, NSW|
|First Date||29 October 1986|
|Opening Date||29 October 1986|
|Last Date||16 November 1986|
|Description||Ostraka was one of two new works (on) the themes of memory, departure, return and repetition.
"It begins with a monologue by the accused Clytemnestra facing her judges. [...] The fragments are investigated as manifestations of hysteria, of schizophrenia and of paranoia...." (Flyer)
Thibaudeau’s Ostraka (is) a very powerful piece indeed…it could be the shock of seeing reduced to a near-crystalline geometry the mechanic of love turning into hate and wanting revenge. Or it may simply be the overwhelming sense of a numinous presence..But to find it ‘all there’ is an enormous treat and thoroughly satisfying…” Inner-City Voice.
Thibaudeau’s Ostraka was splendid theatre...(he) has always had a sure design sense and each of his productions starts with a strong image which, both aesthetically and functionally, anchors the whole production.…after a long association with Offord’s work, I have never seen his unique talents used so effectively. Thibaudeau indulges in his own form of intertextuality, weaving in many traditional theatrical (and other) images - commedia dell’arte, even references of Rodin’s Burghers of Calais.
"It was altogether a rich work - comic, erotic, savage - and performed with great discipline." Centrestage.
"Ostraka is a powerful new piece from Entr’acte Theatre.....Thibaudeau breaks new ground for Entr’acte without discarding the group’s stylish sophistication and polished expertise....there is a unity of purpose and direction which drives Ostraka to build up to a powerful impact”. SMH
|Description Source||Reviewer's Opinion|
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|Further Information||Performance Space Archives, Carriageworks, Redfern. Sourced from the programme for Ostraka, The Wharf Studio, 1987. Presented with On Archeology, in a programme called Archeologic in 1986. Records of Entr'acte Theatre, National Library of Australia, Entr'acte archives, Sydney.|