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Darcy Taylor & Kristen Condon %22The Actress%22 image © Kerrie Pacholli__3944

“THE ACTRESS” by Frank Howson at Cracked Actors Theatre

Text & images by Kerrie Pacholli

Darcy Taylor & Kristen Condon %22The Actress%22 image © Kerrie Pacholli__3944

Darcii Taylor & Kristen Condon in ‘THE ACTRESS” by Frank Howson at Cracked Actors Theatre

I first met Frank Howson back in 2013 whilst he was working on “Chopper the Musical.” He had partnered up with long time collaborator and musical virtuoso Warren Wills to produce film clips of four songs written by Frank. I was there performing paparazzi duties for a Diva friend of mine and was warmly welcomed by all. 

Over what appeared to be about a week (perhaps longer)  I had witnessed, photographed and filmed Frank and Warren pull together vocal and performance pearls from a cast of about 10 seasoned professional singers. From first meet rehearsal, to recording studio, to the film set, to live performance for media at Old Melbourne Jail.

Job done, video clips in circulation.

It was extraordinary and very inspirational to witness what appeared to be streamlined coordination, co-operation and collaboration. 

Lucy Gale, Simon Palomares, Mick Pealing and Kelly Auty performing at Melbourne Goal mage © Kerrie Pacholli

Lucy Gale, Simon Palomares, Mick Pealing and Kelly Auty performing at Old Melbourne Goal 

Looking at his wikipedia profile and various articles in public circulation I feel perhaps Frank Howson has achieved most of what a writer, actor, painter, poet, director and producer would want to achieve in a life.  Yet life still goes on.

Darcy Taylor, Kristen Condon & Frank Howson at Cracked Theatre Company

Darcii Taylor, Kristen Condon & Frank Howson on the set of “THE ACTRESS’  at Cracked Actors Theatre

When I think of Frank Howson I think artist. He presents as an unbridled, complex and Interesting fella to say the least. 

So, I was easily lured to a preview performance of  ”THE ACTRESS” starring Kristen CondonDarcii Taylor.  A reading of a new short play from Frank Howson at Cracked Actors Theatre, Level 1 , 34 Lakeside Drive Albert Park. And, of course I was on photography duties. 

Darcy Taylor & Kristen Condon %22The Actress%22 image © Kerrie Pacholli__3960

Darcii Taylor & Kristen Condon in “THE ACTRESS” at Cracked Actors Theatre

“THE ACTRESS” is a brutally forthright exchange between two driven souls. The ambitious producer and the potential star of her first self budgetted feature film.

It is a very entertaining short, sharp insight into the intoxicating and coercive realms of show biz.

Darcy Taylor & Kristen Condon in "The Actress" at Cracked Actors Theatre image © Kerrie Pacholli_3997

Darcii Taylor & Kristen Condon in “THE ACTRESS’ at Cracked Actors Theatre

The except of this scene is set in an empty, poorly serviced cafe somewhere…in imagination land.

BEVERLY

Now, Mildred, tell me about my character in your film. 

MARG

She’s a very confused woman, bored with the world and everyone in it. Vain…Arrogant…Rude…Self-Obsessed…Calculating…Manipulative…Chip-on-her-shoulder…Angry…Self-Destructive…Very beautiful…and a slut. 

BEVERLY 

Well it’s going to be a stretch but I’ll give it a go. 

MARG 

Wow! 

BEVERLY (DEADPAN) 

Wow to you too. 

MARG 

I’m so excited! 

BEVERLY

I can tell. Well, let’s not waste all that unbridled excitement huh? Listen, we’re not going to be served here. What’s say you come back to my place and go down on me? 

MARG 

Sure.