The Lowest of Us

by Liam Ormsby

Adelaide Fringe 2013, The Stables - Adelaide College for the Arts

Director: Liam Ormsby

Cast: Jamie Morgan, Lucca Boyce, Kieran McNamara

Two lost souls rendezvous in the same hotel room every week where they attempt to decipher and explore their own mutually painful experiences. Cassie, a naive call-girl, has relied on the influence of her beauty all her life while Bill, her much older client, carries on his shoulders the weight of a troubled life and a soured marriage. Together they shrink from the darkness of the real world by creating their own one within the four walls of a very claustrophobic hotel room.

SA’s Waxing Lyrical is proud to premier this new work by local writer Liam Ormsby, graduate of the Adelaide Centre For The Arts. The play takes place in a hotel room, sparsely set with just a bed and dressing table, mirroring the raw and visceral tone of the piece. For Bill (Jamie Morgan), a bank guard, and Cassie (Lucca Boyce), a young callgirl, this is where their secrets are revealed, memories played out and ghosts exorcised.
Both leads were excellent, drawing in the audience with their repetitive dialogue and angry outbursts, and acting out painful experiences in the hope to bring each other closer together. Each cycle becomes more physical and emotional as they move towards some sort of resolution.
This contorted, passionate and emotional play sends you on a rollercoaster of their personal grief.

Final Word: Passionate.
— Kris Neilson and Jim Hilditch, RIP it up
The Lowest of Us is a discrete, one-act play which explores the intimacy of a hotel room meeting between two lovers. Memory dominates in this story as Bill (Jamie Morgan), an unrefined security guard, and Cassie (Lucca Boyce), his young and glamorous mistress, reflect on the past and how they came to be together.
The strength of the play is in its composition. Every note has to resonate for the ending to work, and thanks to excellent performances, solid direction and tight scripting the feat is accomplished with aplomb. Lucca Boyce deserves special credit for the plasticity of her performance, as she readily negotiates the extreme emotional states that the script demands of her and does so with believable composure.

Liam Ormsby is to be congratulated on this strong, contemplative work.