Image: Earl Carter
By Aidan Fennessy
Directed by Aidan Fennessy
31 January – 5 March (previews 31 January- 2 February)
Post-show Q&A 16 February
Running time: 1hr and 30mins
Featuring Joe Petruzzi and Peter Houghton
Set and Costumes: Aidan Fennessy
Lighting: Matt Scott
Sound: Russell Goldsmith
Production and Stage Manager: Shae Attril
Democracy dies behind closed doors…
Corruption. Politics. Loyalty. Fear.
Mate. Brother. Ally.
Don’t look away.
The media are savaging him, a Royal Commission has just been launched, and Patrick Barlow is in it neck-deep. At least he has his mate Dench to count on…
Multi award-winning writer/director Aidan Fennessy’s dynamic and topical play is a darkly compelling, bitingly funny exploration of the relationship between masculinity and the thirst for power … in whatever echelon you might happen to inhabit.
“Fennessy’s biting satire…maintains a simmering dangerous energy in all scenes…Houghton and Petruzzi are versatile … they deliver Fennessy’s acerbic dialogue with comic assurance.” – ★★★★, Herald Sun
“Fennessy has crafted the perfect Red Stitch show – a vehicle to showcase two actors at the height of their powers.” –Arts Hub
“Joe Petruzzi and Peter Houghton deliver outstanding performances, shifting character with ease and maintaining impressive tension.” – Maggie Journal
“Frighteningly accurate and devastatingly funny” – Arts Review
“Gripping from start to finish…current and engaging in its subject matter and most of all, brilliantly executed.” – Theatre People
“Aidan Fennessy masterfully and thoughtfully directs Petruzzi and Houghton in a deep and delightful dissection of Aussie male behaviours…a must see 5-star masterful piece of contemporary theatre.” – Toorak Times