|Brett Williams and Creswick during "In His Words".
Creswick – Stage Direction by Caroline Stacey
by Imogen Keen – Lighting Design by Antony Hateley
Kimmo Vennonen – Film Directed, filmed and edited by Creswick.
Creswick, Brett Williams, Chris Pound, Ben Hauptmann, James Hauptmann
Theatre June 23 – 25th 2023.
on June 24th reviewed by BILL STEPHENS.
|Brett Williams (piano) - Creswick (keyboards) - James Hauptmann (drums) - Ben Hauptmann (Guitar) - Chris Pound (Bass) in "In His Words".
beguiling reverie exploring the state of fatherhood is the brainchild of
composer/musician/videographer, Creswick (a.k.a. Liam Budge), inspired by his
own experience, but told through the musings of nine fathers, both young and
the mentorship of the Street Theatre’s Early Phase Development Project,
Creswick honed his idea to bring it fruition, composing the songs, filming the
interviewees, then finally, performing the show himself.
overcome the major problem of locating fathers willing to share their thoughts
and experiences, the resultant interviews were then filmed, with each
interviewee captured in his own environment, relaxed and unself-conscious, often
interacting with his progeny.
segments are beautifully filmed, revealing, funny, perceptive, inspiring, often
unexpectedly moving. Skilfully edited they form a captivating visual component
for an engrossing live theatre experience, sensitively directed by Caroline
|Brett Williams (piano) - Creswick (keyboard) -James Hauptmann (drums) - Ben Hauptmann (guitar)
Chris Pound (double bass) in a moment during "In His Words".
stage, Creswick was surrounded by four highly skilled musicians in Brett
Williams (piano & keys), Chris Pound (Bass), Ben Hauptmann (Guitars) and
James Hauptmann (Drums) situated among Imogen Keen’s remarkable abstract
setting which itself was dominated by a large video screen hung above the musicians
and softened by the addition of a vertical string sculpture suggesting the
strings of a piano.
figure with long flowing hair and barefooted throughout, Creswick sat at a keyboard
surrounded by his four musical associates. He listened with rapt attention while
the father’s shared their stories, nodded encouragement whenever his colleagues
contributed a superb solo subtly showcased in Antony Hateley’s glowing lighting
or gently faded from view when the videos required the attention of the
Vennenon’s superb audio design highlighted the virtuosity of each musician, particularly
the remarkable piano skills of Brett Williams, the performance became an aural
and visual feast, blemished only in those moments when Creswick’s vocal stylings
compromised the clarity of his lyrics, depriving his audience full entrée to
the depth of his very personal responses to the revelations of his
Whether attracted by the topic or the music, “In His Words” offers a unique, highly accessible and brilliantly executed insight into a life’s experience too few men take the time to relish. How special to be provided with this delightful reminder to reflect on your own.
Images by Creswick Collective
This review also published in AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW. www.artsreview.com.au