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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • WHEN /

    21 Jun – 10 Jul

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    75 mins (no interval)

Season 2017

The Events

// that are unthinkable, are the hardest to put behind us.

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • WHEN /

    21 Jun – 10 Jul

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    75 mins (no interval)

The Events / tackles the most difficult question to answer in the aftermath of a massacre: why? When a gun-toting teenager, consumed by thoughts of cultural purity, targets a vicar’s choir, she becomes obsessed with trying to understand him and his actions. Could he have been stopped?

Two actors examine the vicar’s compulsion to understand mass murder, while an onstage choir gives voice to her outrage as she demands answers from friends, her lover and the boy-killer himself.

The Events, which premiered at Edinburgh Festival in 2 is playwright David Greig’s response 
to the violence unleashed by a Norwegian white supremacist in 2011. This Australian production, starring Catherine McClements, features a different Melbourne choir each night, as it questions whether there are limits to our capacity for understanding and seeks to explain why events / that are unthinkable, are the hardest to put behind us.

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The Events was written as a response to the 2011 massacre in Norway. Devastatingly, this story is still as relevant today as it was five years ago. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims of the recent 2016 attack in Orlando, USA.

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★★★★ [The] community chorus—the 'one big crazy tribe'—lifted the show out of relentless darkness, finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.

– Daily Review

The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.

– Stage Whispers

Greig manages to insert a profound thought into just about every one of the 80 minutes the piece runs.

– Telegraph UK
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By / David Greig
Direction / Clare Watson
Cast includes / Johnny Carr, Catherine McClements

Set & Lighting Designer / Geoff Cobham
Musical Director / Luke Byrne
Composer / John Browne
Stage Manager / Natalie Moir
Assistant Stage Manager / Amber Bock

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview
Tuesday 21 June, 7.30pm

Opening night
Wednesday 22 June, 7.30pm 

Time to Talk
Tuesday 28 June, 6.30pm

Audio Described Performance
Wednesday 6 July, 7.30pm

Auslan Interpreted Performance^
Wednesday 6 July, 7.30pm

^Please email boxoffice@malthousetheatre.com.au to book tickets to use the Auslan interpretation service.

PERFORMANCE / CHOIR

Tue 21 Jun, 7.30pm / The Choir of Opportunity
Wed 22 Jun, 7.30pm / The Cho!r
Thu 23 June 7.30pm / The Choir of Opportunity
Fri 24 Jun, 7.30pm / Expressive Women with Shaking the Tree
Sat 25 Jun, 3pm / Cranbourne Chorale
Sat 25 Jun, 7.30pm / The Keytone's Choir
Sun 26 Jun, 5pm / Expressive Women with Shaking the Tree

Tue 28 Jun, 6.30pm / Glee Plus
Wed 29 Jun, 7.30pm / Glee Plus
Thu 30 Jun, 7.30pm / Harambee A Cappella
Fri 1 Jul, 7.30pm / Harmony for Humanity Choir
Sat 2 Jul, 3pm / Cranbourne Chorale
Sat 2 Jul, 7.30pm / SingWest
Sun 3 Jul, 5pm / SingWest

PERFORMANCE / CHOIR

Tue 5 Jul, 6.30pm / Southern Voices
Wed 6 Jul, 7.30pm / The Keytone's Choir
Thu 7 Jul, 7.30pm / Harambee A Cappella
Fri 8 Jul, 7.30pm / Harambee A Cappella
Sat 9 Jul 3pm / Southern Voices
Sat 9 Jul, 7.30pm / Harmony for Humanity Choir
Sun 10 Jul, 5pm / Harambee A Cappella

Production partners and supporters

A co-production with Belvoir and State Theatre Company of South Australia.

The Homosexuals was commissioned by friends of Bruce Meagher and Greg Waters to mark a significant anniversary through Playwriting Australia’s co-commissioning program.