4/5 BURTON TAYLORTUESDAY-SATURDAY, 7.30PM ‘Babies grow in rubbish,’ states Michael matter-of-factly, explaining how he found a baby on a trash heap, named it Debris and began to care for it. Unlike much of the dusty drama that finds its way onto the stages of Oxford theatres, Debris is a modern play written in 2004 by up-and-coming playwright David Kelly. The play explores the lives of dysfunctional siblings Michael and Michelle, who have a drunken, abusive father and a dead mother. Debris portrays people whose lives are thwarted by their difficult and dysfunctional surroundings. Director Will Maynard has chosen a difficult play, full of lyrical flights and unexpected imagery, and navigates it brilliantly. Despite sometimes tipping into the bizarre or sentimental, the overall result is an intelligently directed, insightfully acted play. This is even more impressive given the inexperienced cast. Michael, played by Matt Malby, has all the nervous, gangly energy of a teenage boy. He really comes alive when discovering the baby; this is awkward teenage tenderness at its most powerful, a deep instinct to protect coming through excellently. Michelle, played by Sarah Milne-Das, is a more balanced character and, although sometimes bland, has flights of anger and fear which are both believable and passionate. Audiences could be bemused by lines like ‘Plant child sucking death through a potato tongue,’ and although Milne-Das does her best, sometimes the bizarre imagery doesn’t quite work. What does, though, is the pair’s poignant relationship as siblings, caught between love and hatred as only siblings can be. This could have been a soap-opera abusive-home scenario, but instead, the play becomes a moving, often surprising, tale of the love and tenderness which can struggle out from tiny cracks in rubbish heaps. By Elen Griffiths
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Lawrenceburg, In. — A seminar on leadership is being offered by the Southeast Indiana Community of Character on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. until noon at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg. This is the first in a four-part series offered quarterly in 2019.The first in a four-part series, “Becoming a Leader of Character” focuses on what it means to be a character- based leader, the key characteristics of effective leaders, and why some leaders fail. As Jacqueline Schmucki, Executive Director of the Character Council said, “Every one of us is a leader in some facet of our lives, whether in the home, at school, in the workplace, or as a volunteer. The ‘Impactful Leadership’ seminar is for those who want to grow and develop as a leader.”Participants at the seminar will learn how to:succeed as a leaderclarify their valuestake their leadership to the next levelmanage changebattle negativityprevent problem employeesContinuous education and professional credits are available. Please contact the Character Council at 513-973- 6984 for help with submitting paperwork for approval. Seating is limited, ticket includes complimentary continental breakfast.Tickets are available online here. A single seminar ticket is $25, but the series can be purchased for a discounted $85 for all for seminars.The Character Council is a local nonprofit, non-religious organization whose mission is to foster character development in children and adults as a foundation for success in life. In Southeast Indiana, the council includes Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Ohio and Switerland Counties. With an unwavering focus on good character, the Character Council works with organizations to facilitate positive cultural change, contributing to an enhanced society in which individuals and families are strong, homes and streets are safe, education is effective, business is productive, faith communities are enriched, and citizens care for one another.For more information, contact Jacqueline Schmucki at 513.973.6984, email [email protected] or visit the website for more information.