The opening night of Mark St Germain’s play Freud’s Last Session took the audience back in time to 1939 for an intimate and thought-provoking performance.
This highly anticipated stage show that is straight out of Broadway, took the crowd inside the mind (and sitting room) of Sigmund Freud with a fantastic fly on the wall experience.
Better known for his behavioural theories, there still remains many things unknown about Sigmund Freud.
Particularly from when one young Oxford professor visited Freud in one of his very last sessions.
The performance created a historical hypothetical when posing the question, “What if the unknown Oxford professor was renowned author and literary critic, C.S Lewis?”
Quick, witty and opinionated, Freud’s intellectually charged bias led the conversation with everything from sexuality to theology on the table. meanwhile, neither Freud nor Lewis would back down.
With an amazing set and prop design as well as costumes, the actors William Zappa (Freud) and Andrew Henry (Lewis) convincingly captivated the audience’s attention for the full sixty minutes, in a brilliant performance that explored the work, beliefs and backgrounds of both historic figures.
Freud’s Last Session is a humorous, clever and well-written play and the conversations between Freud and Lewis certainly keep the audience thinking about the topics of conversation long after the session ended.
Words by Kristen Brown
Details: Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre | Tickets $83.75 to $68.75 | 26 November to 7 December