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.
"POIGNANT, DEVASTATING AND SHARPLY OBSERVED"
"IT IS CATHARTIC AND IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE"
"LINE FOR LINE, ALBERTS' WRITING IS TENSILE AND ENGAGING"
"AN ACHIEVEMENT OF STORYTELLING"
PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
A Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia production.
Key image: James Hartley
Images: Tim Grey
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Nelson Baker, Lisa Flanagan, Trevor Jamieson, Leonie Whyman, Dion Williams
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Event & ticketing details
Dates & Times
|PREVIEWS||7.30pm Fri 8 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 9 Jun, 6.30pm Tue 12 Jun, 7.30pm Wed 13 Jun|
|OPENING NIGHT||7.30pm, Thu 14 Jun|
|TIME TO TALK||6.30pm, Tue 19 Jun|
|AUSLAN INTERPRETED||7.30pm, Fri 22 Jun|
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.
80 minutes (no interval)
Contains adult themes, coarse language, herbal cigarettes, dynamic sound and references to terminal illness and suicide.