Why choose between two great plays when you can have both? That’s Belvoir artistic director Eamon Flack’s thinking behind their very first repertory season. The idea is simple: the same cast – including Sacha Horler, Rebecca Massey, Brandon McClelland and Angeline Penrith – appears in both plays, using the same set, as staged on alternate nights for the duration of the run, from October 7 to November 14. Wayside Bride is a brand-new Australian play by the brilliant Alana Valentine. It was written with a lot of help from the local Cross community about Sydney institution the Wayside Chapel and Reverend Ted Noff, who created a space for those who might not find a place elsewhere. It’s about the radicalism in the 1970s and the quietly revolutionary act of marriage in the face of fierce resistance from family, society and the church hierarchy. It’s in the mix with Caryl Churchill classic Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. It’s set in 1649, and after England’s bloody Civil War. “The question of the play is: When you cut your king’s head off and overthrow the system, what do you replace it with? And how do you win that battle to not just replace it with more of the same?” Flack adds. “That feels like a very pertinent question. And, much like Wayside Bride, it’s also about the idea that if a society only takes care of its winners, then it’s bankrupt.” Tickets go on sale May 3, and all you have to decide is to jump on one or both.
After joyously reopening with Anita Hegh in the Carissa Licciardello-directed adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Belvoir has now uneveiled what the end of the year looks like at the Surry Hills institution. And it's going to be a whole heap of fun.
September brings the glorious Festival of Everything, combining everything from stand-up to satire, cabaret to comedy, and feilding famous faces like Eddie Perfect and Judith Lucy. Then there are two fiercely brillaint plays by radical women writers in Alana Valentine's new work Wayside Bride, and the Caryl Churchill classic Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.
And last but certainly not least, Calamity Jane good-time gal Virginia Gay has fallen in love with the British art of pantomime, creating a peculiarly Aussie take on the Christmas cheer-bringing tradition that will have audiences rolling in the aisles with The Boomkak Panto.
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