Joanna Murray-Smith’s “powerful and shattering” FURY has been captivating audiences in our big, little theatre. So much so, that the entire season is officially sold out! But all is not lost, call our box office or come along any performance night to be placed on a waitlist to try and see this brilliant, sought after show.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
“…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
by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Brett Cousins & Ella Caldwell
Playing until July 1st.
Secret Project revealed…
Having kept you in suspense for months on end, it gives us great pleasure to announce our 2018 Secret Project, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. This production marks our first foray into Tennessee Williams’ beautiful, iconic works and will feature Ensemble members Kate Cole, Caroline Lee and Harvey Zielinski alongside brilliant guest actors Paul Blenheim, Zoe Boesen, Chanella Macri, and Jennifer Vuletic. We are thrilled to welcome back director Stephen Nicolazzo, who returns to us after his much-lauded production of THE MOORS.
Image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography.
SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
By Tennessee Williams
“Most people’s lives—what are they but trails of debris, each day more debris, more debris, long, long trails of debris with nothing to clean it all up but, finally, death.”
Savagely poetic and provocative, Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer is a nightmarish contemporary masterpiece.
This is Sebastian’s garden, a place where the line between truth and lies, sanity and insanity are blurred. Welcome to the eerie Garden District, filled with Venus flytraps, subversive secrets, and broken hearts.
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable, Sebastian, has died while on vacation with his rebellious cousin Catharine. What the girl saw that day last summer was so horrible that she is presumed mad and locked away in an asylum to keep her mouth shut.
As time goes on, Catharine’s ravings about Sebastian’s sexuality and fate become so transgressive that his dear mother Violet decides that locking her away isn’t enough. She calls in an aspirational young Doctor to have the girl lobotomised and cut out her hideous story for good.
A thrilling examination of legacy, sanity, and sexuality, this Southern gothic melodrama will cut straight through the heart with its visceral imagery and erotically charged symbolism.
Featuring Kate Cole, Caroline Lee, Harvey Zielinski, Paul Blenheim, Zoe Boesen, Chanella Macri, and Jennifer Vuletic
Director Stephen Nicolazzo
Set & Costume Design Eugyeene Teh
Sound Design & Composition Daniel Nixon
Lighting Design Katie Sfetkidis
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by Annie Baker
by Abi Morgan
Suddenly Last Summer
by Tennessee Williams
Lamb (A new play with songs)
by Jane Bodie, music and lyrics by Mark Seymour
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Red Stitch goes international… but we need your support!
Following its premiere as part of our 2017 season, desert, 6:29pm has been invited to the internationally acclaimed and highly regarded Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. This will be the first time Red Stitch has toured a work internationally, which presents a landmark opportunity.
We are so excited to give this work another life and we ask for your support to help us get to China! As a proudly Victorian company, we look forward to being an ambassador for our home state, participating in a respectful exchange of ideas, and learning more about Chinese culture and art. But taking a new work overseas presents its challenges; we need help with production and travel costs, project, administration and artist wages.
As we approach the end of the financial year, we hope you can dig deep and make a tax-deductible donation to help us realise this extraordinary theatrical experience.
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