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 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.
"REMARKABLY TIMELESS…CAPTIVATING…LUTTON'S EPIC, DARKLY TRIPPY PRODUCTION POWERFULLY EXPANDS OUR APPRECIATION OF A MUCH-STUDIED MODERN CLASSIC"
"LUTTON’S PRODUCTION IS A TRIBUTE TO—AND PERHAPS ALSO REVELATION OF—THE CORE STRENGTH OF GOW’S PLAY"
"INVENTIVE, TIGHTLY-WOUND, WARM, PASSIONATE, AND COMPASSIONATE…A TOTALLY ABSORBING PIECE OF THEATRE"
PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Supported by Art Series Hotel Group.
Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Pia Johnson
Marco Chiappi, Julia Davis, Wadih Dona, Glenn Hazeldine, Natasha Herbert, Heather Mitchell, Liam Nunan, Naomi Rukavina
|SET & COSTUME DESIGN /||
|LIGHTING DESIGN /||
|SOUND DESIGN /||
J. David Franzke
|STAGE MANAGER /||
|ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (SYD) /||
|ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (MEL) /||
Event & ticketing details
Dates & Times
|PREVIEW||7.30pm, Wed 3 May|
|OPENING NIGHT||7.30pm, Thu 4 May|
|TIME TO TALK||6.30pm, Tue 9 May|
|AUSLAN INTERPRETED||7.30pm, Fri 26 May|
|AUDIO DESCRIBED||4pm, Sun 28 May|
The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006Get directions
TrainAny train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.
TramThe No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.
1 hour, 50 minutes (no interval)
Contains haze effects and strobe lighting.