"Sometimes you can be too careful. Sometimes you just want to say something quickly, without reserve without self-censorship, without shame. Sometimes the way something is said is more revealing than what is being said. There's a danger in that. It's the tyranny of form over content. But there's a kind of wonderful freedom in constraint. It can lead to an unwitting truth."

Those of us from a musical theatre background (me) will be well-versed in Sondheim's principle that content dictates form. I mean, of course it does. For a simple example, the content of this sentence dictates the form it must take in order for it to be easily understood.

However, understand the sentence it content this you form can still of wrong though the even is.

Similarly, you can sitll raed tihs sencente eevn tuhogh the irnantel lterets are in the worng oerdr.

Biebs wrote a song called "Speaking in Tongues." I'm sure it's fantastic.

Our strange and wonderful brains are pretty bloody good at working this stuff out and these crazy concepts lend some validity to the somewhat quirky Pentecostal practice of glossolalia or 'speaking in tongues.'

Good old Wikipedia defines Glossolalia as: "fluid vocalizing (or, less commonly, the writing) of speech-like syllables, often as part of religious practice."

Glossolalia's much cooler cousin is Xenoglossy: "the putative paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak or write a language he or she supposedly could not have acquired by natural means. For example, a person who speaks German fluently, but who is not a native German speaker, has never studied German, never been to a German-speaking country, and never associated with German speakers or had any other source of exposure to the German language, would be said to exhibit xenoglossy."

Colin Morley is directing Dandenong Theatre Company's current production of Speaking in Tongues and describes the show as "a play that, while intricate and involved can also be broken right down to a basic human need for recognition, approval, acceptance and, ultimately, love.  Each character talks their way around this basic need in an attempt to extract some additional meaning from their life. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered from which the audience can draw their own inference."

Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's 1996 play "brings together two earlier works, Like Whisky on the Breath of a Drunk You Love and Distant Lights from Dark Places with a new play commissioned by the Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney) especially for this production." The play was adapted for the screen as Lantana in 2001.

"[Speaking in Tongues] is possibly the best Australian play in a generation or two, a must-see, one with which we can step proudly into the theatrical world. In fact, we have: it’s gone global" (Lloyd Bradford Syke for Crikey.com).

 

The cast of DTC's Speaking in Tongues, Kym Davies, Matt Caton, Joe Dias, and

Sian Ellett (not necessarily in that order).

"The plot is a theatrical spaghetti junction. It starts with two couples who have briefly jettisoned their married partners, embarking on one-night stands. Although Leon and Jane make it into the sack where Pete and Sonja don't, both couples echo each other's dialogue. Matters get stranger when they are edgily re-united with their spouses. Jane, in particular, has an unnerving story to tell about seeing a bloodied neighbour hurling a woman's shoe into a rubbish dump" (UK reviewer Michael Billington).

Morley says "There are so many levels and themes to this play – love, betrayal, insecurity, suspicion, loss of self-identity, disappointment, frustration, avoidance, denial, faith, hope, a search for meaning in life, the desperate need to feel something, are just some that immediately come to mind… It is a confronting play, with strong language and themes, however it is also a beautifully scripted work and it will make you feel something  – you won’t be disappointed."

Speaking in Tongues will play at Dandenong Theatre Company: The Castle, Hemmings Park, 61A Princes Highway, DANDENONG VIC 3175 (melways 90, C5) on: August 26/27 and September 2/3 @ 8pm and August 28 and September 4 @ 5pm

Ticket Booking Line: 03 9771 6666

Ticket Prices:  $30 Adult/$28 Concession

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