For this politician, the only truth is deceit.
Meet John Gleason: patriarch, business mogul and politician. Calling his family together for a weekend at the country homestead, he will divide his empire. But as the Gleasons are pitted against one another, passions quickly rise and the family’s fortune becomes the least of their concerns. History, anguish and jealousy crack the Gleasons’ perfect façade, revealing a family whose deep pockets have protected some very dark secrets.
25 years after its premiere, Stephen Sewell’s portrait of a monstrous patriarch who would be the country’s king remains startlingly relevant. In this all-too-familiar portrait of Australian politics, power, fear and deceit are inextricable.
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by Stephen Sewell
Directed by Marion Potts
Set & Costume Design Dayna Morrissey
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Sound Design Russell Goldsmith
Cast includes Ben Geurens, Glenda Linscott, Grant Piro, Sara Wiseman, William Zappa
Photography: Scottie Cameron, Art Direction: Matthew Angel
Run Time 2hrs & 30mins including interval
Magnify Your Experience
What Stephen Couldn’t Know
Saturday 2 March, following the matinee of Hate.
Playwright Stephen Sewell was commissioned to write Hate for performance in 1988. A quarter of a century later, what have we learnt?
TTT: Time to Talk
Tuesday 5 March, following the 6.30pm performance of Hate.
Audio Description + Auslan Interpretation
Friday 8 March, 7.30pm