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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    4 May – 2 Jun

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    Act I – 75 min
    Interval – 20 min
    Act II – 70 min

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences 15+

  • WARNING /

    Contains strong adult themes, sexual and drug references and coarse language.


    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • Download / Program
  • Download / Audio Described Pre-Show Notes

Season 2018

Bliss

4 MAY – 2 JUN 2018

Single tickets on sale now. Book a Season Pass for the greatest savings and lots of extras.

Book season pass

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    4 May – 2 Jun

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    Act I – 75 min
    Interval – 20 min
    Act II – 70 min

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences 15+

  • WARNING /

    Contains strong adult themes, sexual and drug references and coarse language.


    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • Download / Program
  • Download / Audio Described Pre-Show Notes

BY PETER CAREY

 

We need to talk about Harry Joy. The world revolves around him. Until he dies on a sunny afternoon.

He awakens to a curious vision of the world he has known for 39 years. Fakes instead of family. Allies have become enemies. Conspiracies everywhere. His wife, children and friends attempt to punish him through a series of twisted inconveniences. Harry concludes that this Hell around him has been there the entire time. He’s just been too asleep to see it.

Peter Carey’s madcap novel is brought to life in a lush and extraordinary collaboration from the team behind Picnic at Hanging Rock. Starring Toby Truslove (ABC’s Utopia) and a stellar ensemble cast, follow Harry as he clamours for his soul, from suburbia to the rainforest, and beyond.

★★★★ This work has so much to say about our country, our sexism, our health and our values that it is impossible to leave without being affected

– HERALD SUN

★★★★ The next laugh is never too far away... definitely for an Australian audience.

– ARTSHUB

An enriching adventure

– STAGE WHISPERS

A BOLD ADAPTATION THAT BOASTS A TALENTED CAST WHO TOGETHER ENLIVEN CAREY'S '81 NOVEL

– THEATRE PRESS
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BY / Peter Carey
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY / Tom Wright
DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton
CAST / Marco Chiappi, Will McDonald, Amber McMahon, Charlotte Nicdao, Susan Prior, Anna Samson, Mark Coles Smith, Toby Truslove

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Marg Horwell 
LIGHTING DESIGN / Paul Jackson
SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION / Stefan Gregory

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 4 May
7.30pm, Saturday 5 May
6.30pm, Monday 7 May
6.30pm, Tuesday 8 May

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Wednesday 9 May

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

AUDIO DESCRIBED
5.00pm, Sunday 20 May

Pre-show notes are available for downloaded under 'Information'. They are also available on Soundcloud here

TIME TO TALK

Following the 6.30pm performance on Tuesday 15 May

Supported by our Major Partner Monash University.

FACILITATED BY / Dr Felix Nobis, Deputy Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University. His research areas include Early Medieval Theatre, Medieval Epic poetry and Irish literature.

FEATURING/ Dr Ali Alizadeh, Novelist and an expert on contemporary Australian literature.

Ali Alizadeh's works of fiction include The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc (Giramondo) and Transactions (UQP). He coordinates a subject titled 'Writing in Australia' at Monash University, and has written on Christos Tsiolkas, John Kinsella, Ali Cobby Eckerman and other contemporary Australian writers.

Production partners and supporters

A Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir production. Proudly supported by Art Series Hotels.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.

VIDEOGRAPHY / EINWICK Production