The Events / tackles the most difficult question to answer in the aftermath of a massacre: why? When a gun-toting teenager, consumed by thoughts of cultural purity, targets a vicar’s choir, she becomes obsessed with trying to understand him and his actions. Could he have been stopped?

Two actors examine the vicar’s compulsion to understand mass murder, while an onstage choir gives voice to her outrage as she demands answers from friends, her lover and the boy-killer himself.

The Events, which premiered at Edinburgh Festival in 2 is playwright David Greig’s response to the violence unleashed by a Norwegian white supremacist in 2011. This Australian production, starring Catherine McClements, features a different Melbourne choir each night, as it questions whether there are limits to our capacity for understanding and seeks to explain why events / that are unthinkable, are the hardest to put behind us.

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The Events was written as a response to the 2011 massacre in Norway. Devastatingly, this story is still as relevant today as it was five years ago. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims of the recent 2016 attack in Orlando, USA.

"[THE] COMMUNITY CHORUS—THE 'ONE BIG CRAZY TRIBE'—LIFTED THE SHOW OUT OF RELENTLESS DARKNESS, FINDING A BEAUTIFUL HARMONY WE SO DESPERATELY NEED"
— Daily Review
"A SUPERB AND UNIQUE EXAMINATION OF ONE VICTIM’S SELF-DESTRUCTIVE DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND THE ESSENCE OF VIOLENCE"
— Stage Whispers
"GREIG MANAGES TO INSERT A PROFOUND THOUGHT INTO JUST ABOUT EVERY ONE OF THE 80 MINUTES THE PIECE RUNS"
— Telegraph UK

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A co-production with Belvoir and State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Key Image: Andrew Gough
Images: Pia Johnson

Partners

BY / 

David Greig

DIRECTION / 

Clare Watson

CAST INCLUDES / 

Johnny Carr, Catherine McClements

SET & LIGHTING DESIGN / 

Geoff Cobham

MUSICAL DIRECTION / 

Luke Byrne

COMPOSITION / 

John Browne

STAGE MANAGER / 

Natalie Moir

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / 

Amber Bock

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Audio Described
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7.30pm, Tue 21 Jun
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 22 Jun
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 28 Jun
AUDIO DESCRIBED 7.30pm, Wed 6 Jul
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 7.30pm, Wed 6 Jul

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The 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.

Event notes

DURATION /

75 minutes (no interval)