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Education

Suitable For: Years 9 to VCE

Best fit: VCE

Curriculum Prompts: VCE Drama: Solo Performance; VCE Theatre Studies: Monologue; Australian Identity; Australian Politics

Themes and Motifs: 1988 Bicentennial Celebrations; Family Drama; Hegemony; Theatre in the round

Language: A theatre performance in English. AUSLAN interpretation available.

Warnings: This is a new work so things may change. Murder off-stage, coarse language, provocative political content.

Media

Download the Season 2013 Media Release or contact Media Manager Maria O’Dwyer.

Hate

20 February - 8 March
Merlyn Theatre

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.

Watch the trailer

Read the program

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Credits

HATE
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

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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


... a play of considerable power and substance.
— The Age
Sewell gives a human face to the vast suffering, hatred, torture and killings that occur every day at a presumed safe distance.
— Sydney Morning Herald