Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    8 – 23 Jun

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    80 minutes

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+

  • WARNING /

    Contains adult themes, coarse language, herbal cigarettes, dynamic sound and references to terminal illness and suicide.

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

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Season 2018

Brothers Wreck

8 – 23 JUN 2018

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    8 – 23 Jun

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    80 minutes

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+

  • WARNING /

    Contains adult themes, coarse language, herbal cigarettes, dynamic sound and references to terminal illness and suicide.

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

  • Download / Program

BY JADA ALBERTS

Ruben is full of anger and dancing on the edge, struggling to cope with his brother’s death. As Darwin swelters, tensions in the house are high as Ruben slips further and further adrift from all those around him: his counsellor, his best mate, his sister, his beloved Aunty. When the summer storm finally breaks, the family must pull together and find the strength to bring Ruben back from the brink.

Jada Alberts’ breakout play is one of the most moving pieces to grace Australian stages in recent years. Starring Trevor Jamieson (The Season, Melbourne Festival), Nelson Baker (The Warriors, ABC TV), Lisa Flanagan (Australian Rules), Leonie Whyman (Black Comedy, ABC) and Dion Williams (Gallipoli, Nine) this is Jada’s directorial debut of her hit powerhouse play – heralded as a triumph in its Sydney premiere season. Transporting us to her home town in the Top End, Jada leads us through a gripping drama about a grief-stricken family whose love for each other knows no limits.

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ GUTTINGLY POWERFUL

– THE MUSIC

★ ★ ★ ★ POIGNANT, DEVASTATING AND SHARPLY OBSERVED

– THE AGE

★ ★ ★ ★ IT IS CATHARTIC AND IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE

– TIME OUT

LINE FOR LINE, ALBERTS' WRITING IS TENSILE AND ENGAGING

– THE AUSTRALIAN

AN ACHIEVEMENT OF STORYTELLING

– THEATRE PRESS
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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY / Jada Alberts
CAST / Nelson Baker, Lisa Flanagan, Trevor Jamieson, Leonie Whyman, Dion Williams
SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Dale Ferguson
LIGHTING DESIGN / Chris Petridis
COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN / Kelly Ryall

ASSOCIATE ARTIST / Adena Jacobs
STAGE MANAGER / Josh Sherrin
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Matilda Woodroofe
VOCAL COACH / Suzanne Heywood

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 8 June
7.30pm, Saturday 9 June
6.30pm, Tuesday 12 June
7.30pm, Wednesday 13 June

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Thursday 14 June

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 19 June

AUSLAN INTERPRETED
7.30pm, Friday 22 June

Some scenes in this production make reference to mental illness, self-harm and suicide. If this production raises any issues for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24/7). Further resources are also available at lifeline.org.au. 

For more information about mental illness, contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636, go to beyondblue.org.au or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia production.

Key image photography by James Hartley.