One of the most interesting Australian theatre companies to emerge recently is Ranters – a young and unique ensemble of performers who have dedicated themselves to the writing of Raimondo Cortese. This company has caused a stir around Australia and internationally, and their production, Roulette, was one of the truly compelling events at Robyn Archer’s 2000 Adelaide Festival.
Like Raymond Carver, Cortese creates short, deceptively simple scenes between two characters that bring a whole world onto a stage almost devoid of props, costume or décor. He creates a world that is familiar, with characters of painful frailty and with an ear for a peculiarly Australian humour and tone. Without sentimentality or sensationalism Cortese deals with kindness, pain, generosity, violence and despair and makes genuine and moving theatre from the minutiae of everyday life.
Roulette was in two independent parts of four plays each, programme A and B, which played simultaneously in both our upstairs and downstairs theatres, alternating nightly.
The remount of Roulette was assisted by Performing Lines and the Ponti Festival (Portugal). A Ranters Theatre production.
By Raimondo Cortese
Director Adriano Cortese
Designer Lisa Trewin
Assistant Director Robert Daoud
Production images by Heidrun Lohr