May 25, 2022

What happens when things go wrong

Robyn’s reign over the book-loving group is shaken by the arrival of a new member, Katie, who is outspoken and unafraid to speak her mind.

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“Robyn is incredibly bright and competitive, but she always felt second to none,” Raison says. “Leading the club gives him his moment in the sun. And Katie, who is her exact opposite, turns that upside down.

Chantelle Jamieson, who plays Katie, says her character’s shameless, carefree qualities are liberating.

“Generally, women are conditioned to be more agreeable,” she says. “Tracey’s play raises questions about what kind of good woman you are? How do you censor yourself? How do you confine yourself to everyday life? »

“The book club group loves each other but they still behave like good women. Katie isn’t that. She takes that out of the way, opens up a more honest way to be with these women, even if it’s upsetting many people.

Trinder, whose long career as a writer and story editor for TV shows included At home and away, MDA, McLeod’s Daughters, all saints and more, died in 2021. Kill Katie was his first foray into stage writing.

“I don’t have the words to not have Tracey here to see the play,” Jamieson says. “We worked with her on it and it’s a joy that we can honor her by putting it on.″⁣

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In tribute, Ensemble Theater launched the Tracey Trinder Playwright’s Award, offering $7,500 and a full season production of Ensemble for a comedy or comedy-drama not produced by a female playwright, including trans and/or gender writers. various.

“Tracey had a fantastic laugh and a brilliant sense of humor,” Savige says. “She was fascinated by how our friendships and allegiances can help us learn more about ourselves for better or for worse.″⁣

The Ensemble’s box office was buzzing with real book club members buying tickets, curious to see art imitate life.

“I was watching one of the most tense scenes in the play and suddenly I thought, ‘What if people see themselves in the play too clearly?'” Savige says. “Maybe there will be some book club blackouts. I hope that we will then have very lively discussions in the foyer.

Killing Katie: Confessions of a Book ClubEnsemble Theatre, until February 26, together.com.au