By Paul Sirett. Manilla Street Productions (VIC). Director: Chris Parker. Producer: Karen Jemison. Stage Design: Andrew Bellchambers. Lighting Design: Scott Allan. The Loft Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne. 11-26 November, 2011.
The opening night audience of the confronting and thought-provoking play Bad Blood Blueswere greeted with gentle sounds of African singing and guitar as they filtered through the Loft Theatre with their complimentary cocktail, a “Gin Jack Shack Attack”, featured later in the play.
The music, performed live on stage by Malawian-born musician David Marama, wafted over the set: a 1990s battered, no-frills medical office with clinical lighting, white floor, and the bare office essentials.