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.

"REMARKABLY TIMELESS…CAPTIVATING…LUTTON'S EPIC, DARKLY TRIPPY PRODUCTION POWERFULLY EXPANDS OUR APPRECIATION OF A MUCH-STUDIED MODERN CLASSIC"
— Sydney Morning Herald
"LUTTON’S PRODUCTION IS A TRIBUTE TO—AND PERHAPS ALSO REVELATION OF—THE CORE STRENGTH OF GOW’S PLAY"
— Time Out
"INVENTIVE, TIGHTLY-WOUND, WARM, PASSIONATE, AND COMPASSIONATE…A TOTALLY ABSORBING PIECE OF THEATRE"
— Daily Review

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Supported by Art Series Hotel Group.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Pia Johnson

Partners

BY / 

Michael Gow

DIRECTION / 

Matthew Lutton

CAST / 

Marco Chiappi, Julia Davis, Wadih Dona, Glenn Hazeldine, Natasha Herbert, Heather Mitchell, Liam Nunan, Naomi Rukavina

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / 

Dale Ferguson

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN /

J. David Franzke

CHOREOGRAPHY / 

Stephanie Lake

STAGE MANAGER /

Lisa Osborn

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (SYD) / 

Matilda Woodroofe

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (MEL) /

Lauren Frahamer

DRESSER / 

Amanda Carr

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted
Audio Described

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7.30pm, Wed 3 May
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Thu 4 May
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 9 May
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 7.30pm, Fri 26 May
AUDIO DESCRIBED 4pm, Sun 28 May

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 /

1 hour, 50 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains haze effects and strobe lighting.