3 – 28 MAY 2017
REMARKABLY TIMELESS…CAPTIVATING…LUTTON'S EPIC, DARKLY TRIPPY PRODUCTION POWERFULLY EXPANDS OUR APPRECIATION OF A MUCH-STUDIED MODERN CLASSIC
LUTTON’S PRODUCTION IS A TRIBUTE TO—AND PERHAPS ALSO REVELATION OF—THE CORE STRENGTH OF GOW’S PLAY
INVENTIVE, TIGHTLY-WOUND, WARM, PASSIONATE, AND COMPASSIONATE…A TOTALLY ABSORBING PIECE OF THEATRE
It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its future.
A triptych of glorious mothers—one recovering from the loss of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go—are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time of rejuvenation.
Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production of Away unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressures of family secrets swell and gather into a storm, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.
PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Supported by Art Series Hotel Group.
Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Pia Johnson
Marco Chiappi, Julia Davis, Wadih Dona, Glenn Hazeldine, Natasha Herbert, Heather Mitchell, Liam Nunan, Naomi Rukavina
SET & COSTUME DESIGN /
LIGHTING DESIGN /
SOUND DESIGN /
J. David Franzke
STAGE MANAGER /
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (SYD) /
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (MEL) /
Event & ticketing details
1 hour, 50 minutes (no interval)
Contains haze effects and strobe lighting.