Written by Matt Cameron and directed by Sarah Giles, ‘Ruby Moon’ is a comedic psychodrama that explores the emotional destruction wrought by a child’s disappearance. Imprisoned by grief, tormented by guilt and consumed with suspicion, parents Sylvie (Jaime Mears) and Ray (Justin Smith) spend the entirety of the production crouched behind the leaden curtains of their sparsely decorated living room. Surrounded by the dismembered dolls of their lost child, the pair torture themselves with delusional interrogations by a guilty neighbourhood. From deranged professors to psychotic babysitters, all are complicit or apathetic to the plot.
The play is a well-crafted, engaging and provides a thoughtful exposition of a dark and difficult subject matter. To its credit, it avoids many of the lazy clichés that dominate similar pieces. A minimalist set allows the actors to relish in the innumerate characters they conjure. A creative use of lighting provides for an effective transition between scenes and ensures the audience’s attention is never lost.
‘Ruby Moon’ is a unique and important piece that will have you lost in thought long after you leave the theatre. It’s well worth a look.
Ruby Moon was showing throughout May. For more information, head to the Sydney Theatre Company’s website.