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Taking the waters

Taking the Waters

By Lemony S Puppet Theatre

Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, Thursday 28th November 2019

You want an objective review of this show, go someplace else. Critical distance = NONE! I cried as soon as the show started. There is a specific notice in the show’s publicity that it deals with death and themes around the end life.

I was surprised when Suzannah announced she was going to be part of this show as she had kept it pretty close to her chest and I try to keep on top of things my creative friends are doing so I can work out my schedule. I remember Suzannah commenting on my own post about people not scheduling things far enough in advance these days.

While I am familiar with the Muppets and other puppet theatre, I have not seen that much about more adult-oriented puppets and I don’t mean Peter Jackson’s infamous “Meet the Feebles”. There are two types of puppets in the show. The life sized puppet and the shadow puppets used to depict some scenes.

From the interview on RRR I did not know Suzannah was going to be doing more music and that she was going to be acting in it also. It is a treat as she is not doing that many gigs apart from the Cartridge Family as it makes her too nervous.

Special mention must go to the AUSLAN interpreted session I went to as I really wanted to see Suzannah sing, but also wanted to see what the interpreters were doing as when am I going to see that again?

I do not want to spoil what goes on in the play but it does concern the palliative care of big sister Duck with her sister Chook (Fiona Macleod) and musician Maggie (Suzannah Espie) who has come to help as she was begged to. The visiting nurse (Tamara Rewse) pops in from time to time and always refuses a cup of tea as she has “had six already”.

Despite the emotions on display there are also some funny scenes like Maggie dumping the cutlery out of the bench repeatedly and pretending to fold washing every time Chook comes home. Also the scene where they end up dumping the lasagne in the bin as they “fucking hate lasagne”. Just turn the light off and pretend you are not home, I swear this only happened one time.

Even though it is only the one room for the set I thought it does look realistic as the kitchen/dining room is where most of interactions happen in a house. Was like at my parent’s house, only strangers come to the front door, everyone who knew us went to the side.

The use of Suzannah’s songs in this is excellent as I have always thought they could be used to support a narrative. Special mention must go to the songs written especially for the show as this will be most likely the only time those will be performed.

The show has almost finished its’ run, but a little birdy tells me it will be having a longer season next year at a larger venue.

After the show I got to talk to Suzannah and also Tamara who said they did research in hospitals and around palliative care. I did also talk to Tamara about my mum being a nurse and that her performance seemed pretty true to life.

I did ask a lot of people if they were coming to this show and shared around the link for ticketing. It is a busy time of year though and hopefully it will get more people in the extended run next year.


Production details:

Writer/director & co-creator– Sarah Kriegler

Co-creator – Jacob Williams

Dramaturg & co-creator – Ben Grant

Set, costume & Duck puppet designer– Yvette Turnbull

Shadow puppetry designer & construction – Kyoko Imazu

Sound designer – Marco Cher-Gibard

Lighting designer – Rachel Burke

Composition/performer & co-creator– Suzannah Espie

Performer – Fiona Macleod

Performer/puppeteer/puppet maker – Tamara Rewse

Producer – Erin Milne (Bureau of Works)

Promotion photography – Sarah Walker






A Century of Chinese Cinema – BFI Southbank (2014)

I heard about this online thanks to Pimp Sheui bar on Twitter and as I enjoyed last year’s Action, HK Style at QAGOMA and even travelled interstate to see one weekend of the programming I thought I should let more people know about it so they get the same opportunity.

The program goes for five months rather than the three that QAGOMA had, it does seem to have less movies on per day, but they are on every day. If you are working in London and had the time to spend I would definitely recommend attending at least a few sessions.

A Century of Chinese Cinema (introduction)

The Golden Age

A program covering the “golden age” of Chinese Cinema before the Cultural Revolution. These films are hard to see normally.


The Spring River Flows East Part I
The Spring River Flows East Part II
Song at Midnight
Labourer’s Love
Romance of the Western Chamber
Red Heroine
Spring in a Small Town

A New China
Post Cultural Revolution films and older classics.


An Unfinished Comedy
China Behind
Execution in Autumn
In the Face of Demolition
Li Shuangshuang
New Year’s Sacrifice
Parents’ Hearts
Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame
Red Detachment of Women
Shangrao Concentration Camp
Spring in a Small Town
The Arch
The East is Red
The Love Eterne
The Winter
This Whole Life of Mine
Two Stage Sisters

Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts
A more action-oriented program for Hong Kong kung fu film fans.


A Chinese Odyssey (Part I: Pandora’s Box)
A Chinese Odyssey (Part II: Cinderella)
A Touch of Zen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Drunken Master
Drunken Master 2 (aka The Legend of Drunken Master)
Election 2
Fist of Fury
Infernal Affairs
Long Arm of the Law
Once Upon a Time in China
Once Upon a Time in China 2
One-Armed Swordsman
Police Story
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
The Banquet
The Story of a Discharged Prisoner
Wong Fei-hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle