Kester Berwick was an actor, dramatist, journalist, author and teacher. Also known as Frank Perkins and Kester Baruch, he was a journalist, playwright, actor, author and teacher whose career in the arts in Australia was carried out between the mid-1920s and 1935, and again between 1940 and 1952. Although he completed several novels, only one, Head of Orpheus Singing (1973) has been published. As a theatre practitioner he (as Kester Baruch) and Alan Harkness were at the forefront of Australian experimental theatre during the early 1930s.
Experimental and written in a slightly absurdist style, Judgment Day is a one-act piece that plays heavily with the theatre's fourth wall and an audience's attention. It is essentially a play about a theatre company that has no real play to present, and begins as audience members are still being seated. The central character, The Director, hurriedly devises an 'improvised' production that centres on audience participation and social ties.
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A one act, two-hander play dealing with the mysteries of mundane life, Ladder Game is played out on a set comprising three ladders. The unnamed man and woman philosophise about such things men and woman, umbrellas and ladders, while clambouring about the set.
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'"House in Gastouri for rent for 2 mths. Occupant travelling. Reasonable rent."
In a village on the island of Corfu, alone in the cottage of a man he's never met, a young Australian actor pieces together the strange life story of the writer whose house he's living in. As he explores his surroundings and makes new friends in Corfu, his own life begins to appear to him like an illuminating shadow-play of his absent host's.
Set in the physical landscapes of the Greek islands, Adelaide and the suburbs of London, Robert Dessaix's second novel is about friendship, love, the ordinary and extraordinary.(...more)
Dessaix's novel has, as its central character Kester Berwick. It is set on the island of Corfu where Berwick lived for many years.
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