Image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography
by Ella Hickson
Directed by Ella Caldwell
17 November – 15 December
Previews: 12 – 15 November
(Please note: No show Saturday November 23. Wednesday 27 November performance will be at 8pm)
Q&A Session following performance on Thursday 28 November
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes, plus a 20 minute interval.
Please note this show is General Admission seating, and will be held at Cromwell Road Theatre, 27a Cromwell Rd South Yarra. Accessibility is limited; please discuss your requirements with our Box Office.
Featuring Darcy Brown, Jing-Xuan Chan, Charlie Cousins, Daniela Farinacci, Hannah Fredericksen, Justin Hosking, Khisraw Jones-Shukoor, Nicole Nabout, Jennifer Vuletic & Matthew Whitty
Set Design Greg Clarke
Costume Design Chloe Greaves
Lighting Design Clare Springett
Lighting Consultant Rachel Burke
Sound Design Daniel Nixon
Assistant Director Shaun Wykes
Stage Manager Jackie Mates
Assistant Stage Manager Tayla Gane
“She walks barefoot across freezing fields. She walks and walks and walks and walks. She walks through lands, through empires, through time.”
The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Age of Oil.
The Stone Age didn’t end for want of stones.
May and her daughter Amy forge through the world as it transforms around them; lit by kerosene lamp in 1889, through to Tehran in 1908, Hampstead in 1970, Baghdad in 2021, returning to Cornwall in 2051.
Ella Hickson’s epic, explosive play traces the evolution of the oil industry; exploring the relationship between power, progress and destruction in a hurtling collision of empire, history and family.
“A work of grand scope and searching dramatic intelligence.” – The Age
“An atmospheric, engrossing and strikingly well-acted production… Vivid & utterly memorable.” – The Australian
“Ella Hickson’s ambitious, centuries-spanning play, Oil is a compelling winner… Under the direction of Ella Caldwell, this latest Red Stitch Production is an experience so full of ideas & feeling that it ought to burst.” – Time Out Melbourne
“Bold, playful and scorchingly ambitious…a remarkable play…contains one of the best theatrical mother-daughter relationships of recent years” – ★★★★ The Guardian