Image: Teresa Noble Photography
By Josephine Collins
Directed by Penny Harpham
In association with Melbourne Fringe
22 August – 24 September (previews 22 – 29 August)
Post-show Q&A 7 September
Approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes (with no interval)
Featuring Kevin Hofbauer, Rory Kelly, Olga Makeeva, Dion Mills, Brigid Gallacher, Khisraw Jones-Shukoor and Sahil Saluja.
Dramaturge Jane Bodie
Set and Costume Design Charlotte Lane
Lighting Design Clare Springett & Michael Robinson
Sound Design Daniel Nixon
Stage Manager Liberty Gilbert
Assistant Stage Manager Natalie Lim
Calling last drinks…
In a dystopian future Australia, Helen and her civil war veteran father sell moonshine to a broken town, struggling to survive in a poisoned landscape which is frighteningly familiar. Helen envisions a better way, but no-one is listening.
The fragile world they’ve constructed is thrown into crisis when a government inspector arrives on the same day as a black market salesman, forcing Helen to confront the darker side of their family history.
The Way Out is an exquisite new play by Josephine Collins, developed through the Red Stitch INK program.
“ [A] darkly atmospheric production…an impressive cast…a talented first play that left me eager to see how Collins develops her craft.” – The Age
“…effectively unsettling…Gallacher is warm and sympathetic…Mills is suitably tough but damaged.” – Herald Sun
“Definitely worth a trip to the dark side.” – Stage Noise
“Director Penny Harpham has made with her cast and crew, a lean gritty drama that deserves a glass raised to it.” – Arts Review
“Kelly is fantastic as the clipped and savage Fyfe, and Makeeva brings genuine poignancy to the dying Claire…” – Time Out