Arts Hub – Green Room Awards


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Accepting the Green Room Award for Male Actor in the Theatre Companies category, for his performance in Red Stitch’s Dead Centre/Sea Wall, Ben Prendergast evoked Sir Isaac Newton’s famous quote: ‘That we are able to see further than our predecessors is not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their shoulders.’

He then called on the crowd to ‘stand on the shoulders of our great artists past, on the shoulders of our great women, our inspiring Indigenous, our brilliant filmmakers and technicians, and create works that debunk fear and hatred, that champion the misrepresented and unheard … We should stand on shoulders so that every other bugger may see what we stand for. You can hold my hand for balance; I’ll be on the next shoulder across.’

Stage Whispers – Sea Wall (Review) ★★★★★

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This is very special theatre…a production of sheer perfection. I have rarely seen an audience so still, so moved by a performance which is essentially low key and without Mr Prendergast’s usual charisma. I myself couldn’t stop the mascara from running….fortunately the male audience members with tears in their eyes were not wearing mascara. No amount of acting can make an audience believe if the actor doesn’t come from a place of emotional reality. Truth is everything, and that’s all this actor needs.