Event Ostraka v.2
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Venue The Wharf Studio Theatre, Sydney, NSW
First Date 18 August 1987
Last Date 29 August 1987
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Entr’acte came up with another first-class piece in “Ostraka".... strong feature of the company (is) the importance of design in its work. Not only are the company’s designs striking in their own right, they invariably integrate with the total performance…."McGillick, Financial Review.

"It is rare to see a live performance at which nobody claps. I believe this is a measure of the success of Entr’acte’s Ostraka. The production eliminates all distance between the audience and the performers. It left us, the voyeurs, the audience, in a state of shock. How can you politely clap a production which has been deeply disturbing, and uncompromising in exposing a lot of raw nerves?…Entr’acte break new ground as their focus is on making us recognise this language of violence, and confront the ambiguity of our relationship to it. …A woman runs across the stage towards a mirror with an axe, raising the expectation of a violent act. She stops short of the mirror, turns to the audience and smiles. Our anticipation is subverted, and we are made to acknowledge our conditioned response. Walker, Tribune.
Description Source Reviewer's Opinion
Primary Genre Other
Secondary Genre Visual Theatre
Movement-based Theatre
Corporeal Theatre
Name Function Notes
Christopher Allen Administrator
Colin Offord Composer
Anna Kiener Costume Assistant
Melody Cooper Costume Designer
Pierre Thibaudeau Designer
Pierre Thibaudeau Director
John Baylis Dramaturg
Matthew Serventy Lighting Designer
Andrea Aloise Performer
John Baylis Performer
Terry Hansen Performer
Nigel Kellaway Performer
Jane Schneider Performer
Pierre Thibaudeau Performer
Brian Findlay Production Coordinator
Rosemary Jones Publicist
Janice Slater Voice Over Artist
Data Source
Source Description
Entr'acte Archives FROM OSTRAKA 1986: EPV01: Video VHS ETL14: Video Umatics ETL16: Video Umatic (On Archeology & Ostraka) ETL21: Video VHS. Videos digitally archived at Sydney University:USPS_007, 035-36, _041, _048, _057
Review Laurie Strachan, “Demons haunt the human soul”, Saturday, Wednesday, August 22, 1987, p.32 “Entr’acte season” Trust News, August? 1987
Entr'acte Archives ETL10: programs, publicity & reviews. Program notes. EP11: Photos & reviews. Regis Lansac (On Archeology & Ostraka)
Review Jess Walker, “Reflections on violence’, Tribune, August 26, 1987.
Review Jill Sykes, “A gem of mime and music on the dance stage” Thursday August 20, 1987. Jill Sykes, “Sykes on Sunday”, The Sun-Herald, Sunday, August 23, 1987. See also Jill Sykes, “Mime takes on new influences”, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 1, 1986
Entr'acte Archives ETL26: Music master Janice Slater. Audio Casette Master Colin Offord.
CV EB&PT long CV-unedited 1979-1991, p.4, Entr’acte Archives
Programme Dennis Wolanski Library collection at UNSW Library
Review Preview Ostraka, applauding residency in Indonesia. Paul McGillick, “Entr’acte upstages politicians”, Financial Review, Friday, April 24, 1987. Preview Ostraka, applauding residency in Indonesia. Jill Sykes, “Diplomacy, dance share centre stage”, Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, August 18, 1987
Review Regis Lansac “Photo Essay ‘Ostraka’, New Theatre Australia, First Issue, September-October, 1987, pp.38-41. Almost identical to previous publication: Regis Lansac “Photo Essay ‘Ostraka’, New Theatre Australia, No.0, January-February, 1987, pp.14-17.
Event Identifier 28390