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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    3 – 28 May

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2017

Away

3 – 28 MAY 2017

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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    3 – 28 May

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

*** This production has been playlisted for VCE Theatre Studies (Unit 3) ***

It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its indeterminate future.

A triptych of glorious mothers—one recovering from the loss of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go—are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time of rejuvenation.

Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production of Away unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressures of family secrets swell and gather into a storm, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.

GOW BALANCES EPIC FORCES— DARK AND LIGHT, LIFE AND DEATH, RAGE AND FORGIVENESS— ELEGANTLY AND EVEN DELICATELY... IN A WAY THAT IS UNSENTIMENTAL, TRUE, FUNNY, AFFECTIONATE AND WISE.

– HILARY BELL

WHAT COUNTRY, FRIENDS, IS THIS

– TWELFTH NIGHT, ACT I, SC. II.

BY / Michael Gow
DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton
CAST INCLUDES / Marco Chiappi, Julia Davis, Wadih Dona, Glenn Hazeldine, Natasha Herbert, Heather Mitchell, Liam Nunan, Naomi Rukavina

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Dale Ferguson
LIGHTING DESIGN / Paul Jackson
SOUND DESIGN /J. David Franzke
CHOREOGRAPHY / Stephanie Lake

 

Season Pass Ticket Prices

ALL PERFORMANCES
Standard / $50
Senior / $45
Concession / $40 
Under 30s & Students / $30

Single Ticket Prices

IN SEASON
Standard / $69
Senior / $64
Concession / $49 
Under 30s & Students / $35

PREVIEW
Standard / $59
Senior / $54
Concession / $45 
Under 30s & Students / $35

Special Performances

PREVIEW
7.30pm, Wednesday 3 May

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Thursday 4 May

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 9 May

AUSLAN INTERPRETED PREFORMANCE
7.30pm, Friday 26 May

TACTILE TOUR & AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
5pm, Sunday 28 May

Education Tickets

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PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Metro School Students / $24.50
Non-Metro School Students / $22.50
Accompanying Teachers (up to 2 per group) / FREE
Additional Teachers and Adults / $40 per ticket

Education Performances

VCE Playlisted 2017: Unit 4 Theatre Studies

POST SHOW FORUM PERFORMANCES
12.30pm, Thursday 11 May
12.30pm, Thursday 18 May
12.30pm, Thursday 25 May

DESIGN PRESENTATION (sold separately)
5pm, Wednesday 17 May

Production partners and supporters

A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Supported by Art Series Hotel Group.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.