It’s been a week since seeing this play and to say that it wasn’t an emotional ride of a performance would be a lie. Starring Belinda Giblin who was nominated last year for Best Actress In A Leading Role at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards, Blonde Poison highlights her exceptional character work and her ability to capture an audience with such wit and empowering drama. Imagine living in an era where you’re shamed into believing that you’re no longer worthy due to your faith and beliefs. Imagine having to compensate the lives of other people to save your own. And unfortunately, that’s what Stella Goldschlag had to do in order to survive.
Blonde Poison follows the story of Stella Goldschlag: a smart, sophisticated woman with a crazy sense of humour and strength like a bull ready to attack. Slightly panicking and feeling anxious to meet her childhood friend journalist for an interview, Goldschlag reflects back on her life and reveals her dark past. Growing up in Berlin was a struggle for her as Germany were less than favourable of Jewish families. As the Nazis took over power in 1933, her and her family struggled to escape as all of the country visas they applied for were immediately rejected.
From the stage, Giblin was believable in every way as she paved the setting for the audience immediately; to see the struggle and pain she had to live with even though she did her best to cover up the scars of her past. As the humorous bits took over the stage in some parts, Giblin’s way of portraying Goldschlag was something that took a lot of guts and you could see and feel the empathy from the crowd as she struggled to cope with the terrible things she had to do in order to survive. Due to the powerful Nazis and their thirst to capture all Jews and send them off to concentration camps, Stella did the unthinkable move for herself and her family to turn into a “catcher” for the Gestapo and that is, to basically reveal where the Jews were hiding from to the Nazis.
At this stage, you could feel the sorrow pouring from the stage as Stella making a deal with the Nazis certainly backfired aspects of her life; you feel Stella’s pained memories and her belief of being a failure grow even stronger. What would you have done to survive? For Stella, it was compensating the lives of other Jews in order to save herself from manipulation and torture, yet she couldn’t escape from that. It wasn’t as easy as that. From the stage, Giblin easily pinpointed how twisted Stella’s mind actually was and it was incredible to see her capture that flawlessly on such a minimalistic stage.
After watching Blonde Poison, it really makes you re-think about the life you have now. It’s easy to forget how much safer the world is due to people’s acceptance and love for different cultures and beliefs. For Stella, she had no choice but to work for the enemy to survive. She had to sacrifice so many people, even those she cared about, to simply catch another breath. Suffice it to say, Blonde Poison is a chilling and unforgettable masterpiece. One that will echo in your mind from time to time, hoping that one day, history doesn’t repeat itself.
Be sure to check out the remaining dates for Blonde Poison at the Sydney Opera House below!
Tue 10 May 16 7:00pm
Wed 11 May 16 1:30pm – Allocation Exhausted
Wed 11 May 16 7:00pm
Thu 12 May 16 7:00pm
To purchase tickets, check here: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/blonde_poison.aspx