In the post-traumatic haze of Trapture – an hour or so later – I ventured into the land of new works in development at the Old Fitz. I am without a program – I don’t know how I missed out but I did – and so this is not really a review or a response more of an FYI for the new work hunters who couldn’t make it along…

Cut and Paste advertised as “an evening of theatrical scraps” is an opportunity for writers (and theatre makers) to throw up and out their ideas/drafts/scribbling/earnestly worked(and reworked) scenes onto a supportive audience.

I have also had the benefit of being a Cut and Paste playwright – and perhaps I will again – but it is a pleasure and a privilege to attend – knowing that its all a test, some of its a game and some of it is strategic marketing (which is not a bad thing at all).

On this occasion I was there in support of Sarah Hodgetts and David Adlam – a duo I would gladly recommend to anyone and everyone to have the kind of unique comic genius and creativity that only comes around once every so often… and I wasn’t disappointed. For those who saw the Cauliflower Homicide at the Sydney Fringe last year (or even in Tasmania – home state of Sarah and David) – you’ll have already fallen in love with their sweet and bumbling, awkward ferocity. I think they are great… and I can’t wait to see more.

Always a delight to hear Jessica Bellamy’s work – for those devoted to Brand Spanking New (2008 and 2009) you may recall her sweet and winsome romantic comedies – and post her graduation from NIDA’s play writing course, Bellamy hasn’t lost her touch for language or quirk – but perhaps presents a slicker, more sophisticated package of idea and theme in her new play SPROUT (Due for production at the Fitz later this year)… also worth a look…

Curated by Phil Spencer and Zoe Norton Lodge – I recommend all the talent truffle hunters get along to check out the next one – scheduled for August perhaps… I’m sure you’ll find something to delight/write home about.