Image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography
by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Brett Cousins & Ella Caldwell
29 May – 1 July (Previews 29 May – 5 June)
Q&A Sessions following performance on Thursday 14 June
Featuring Joe Petruzzi, Danielle Carter, Chris Connelly, Shayne Francis, Dushan Philips, and Sean Rees-Wemyss.
Set & Costume Design Chloe Greaves
Lighting Design Kris Chainey
Sound Design THE SWEATS
Assistant Director Casey Filips
Stage Manager Hannah Bullen
Assistant Stage Manager Hayden Collins
Assistant Designer Alexander Rothnie
“Rage is passion and passion finds solutions.”
Alice and Patrick are conscientious and thoughtful, educated and open-minded, and that’s how they’ve raised their son, Joe. One evening, Joe’s teacher arrives to tell them that Joe is in trouble. Detained by police, he has committed an act of vandalism. Against the local mosque.
Fury pushes into controversial territory: where personal sacrifice and responsibility are pitted against political correctness, and “good” people must confront the limitations of their empathy in the face of terror.
Are the children who are inheriting the world forced to place pragmatism ahead of conscience, or are idealism and hope the only way forward?
Fury is a scintillating, often hilarious and profoundly provocative work from one of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights. Following the critical success of American Song in 2017, Red Stitch is thrilled to re-ignite the relationship with Joanna Murray-Smith to bring Melbourne audiences this phenomenal new play.
“…a timely and well-turned issues play, with enough realism and psychological drama, enough of the tissue of life, to move, unsettle and entertain.”
– ★★★★, The Age
‘So complex, so nuanced and detailed…a fascinating, insightful, salutary story.’
– The Australian
‘…pithy and pointed, insightful and invigorating. Fury is a bold, provocative and brilliant work with some powerhouse performances you are unlikely to forget…’
– The Blurb
‘Relevant, contemporary and edgy…this is theatre with a message…the performances given are faultless’ – The Melbourne Critique
‘This is sharply observed, clever and disturbing drama… An extraordinary play that Red Stitch could not have timed better.’ – Australian Stage