Australia’s Premier Theatre Touring Company, HIT Productions is pleased to announce their 16+ week tour of Louis Nowra’s Cosi.
 

 
Got a burning desire for theatre? Laughter is always the best medicine!
 
Lewis, a young director and a university drop-out, takes a job in a mental asylum working with patients who are interested in the dramatic arts. He thinks his work will involve staging a small variety show with the group, until long-term patient Roy hijacks the show and insists that the production be nothing less than a grand staging of Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte. An ambitious thought to say the least! After all, none of the patients can speak Italian, nor sing and the cast is made up of aging nymphomaniacs, obsessives and pyromaniacs. Lewis is faced with the daunting task of drawing performances from a disparate group of people brought together by their individual needs and desires.
 
By contrasting the passion and fervour of the anti-Vietnam movement with a world of isolation and control behind closed doors, Nowra allows all the characters in his play to find fulfilment and humour in the making of a piece of theatre. Lewis’ life is touched by these extraordinary people as his operatic production lurches forward. We learn, along with Lewis, that when chasing your dreams it helps not to be too attached to reality. 
 
“Nowra’s generous humour offers up a world of the most extraordinary, ordinary people,and a hilarious situation-comedy, to boot (but there are) hints of a darkness that lies beyond the lights: the real world.”        Sydney Morning Herald
 
“Nowra has written a terrific play about theatre, madness, illusion, sanity, life: it’s a big, splendidly Australian epic” Telegraph Mirror
 
Written by the acclaimed Australian playwright Louis Nowra, Cosi will be directed by Denis Moore (A Stretch of the Imagination) who will head an exceptional creative team. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast of Don Bridges, Michael Wahr, Jim Daly, Katie Jean Harding, Bessie Holland, Caroline Lee, Jacob Allan and Adrian Auld, the play is funny, warm and wonderfully mad.
 
“In many ways Cosi is about the liberating nature of theatre and how it unifies everyone.”
Louis Nowra, Playwright
 
 

COSI – TOURING SCHEDULENU2010 TOWN / CITY  

  VICTORIA 

  Mar 18   Drum Theatre   Dandenong  

  Mar 19 – 20   Whitehorse Centre   Nunawading  

  Mar 22   Randall Theatre   South Yarra  

  Mar 23 – 24   Randall Theatre *Study Forums Post Matinee Performances   South Yarra  

  Mar 25 – 26   The Capital  *Study Forum Post Matinee Performance   Bendigo  

  Mar 27   Wyndham Cultural Centre   Werribee  

  Mar 30   Kingston Arts Centre   Moorabbin  

  Mar 31   Cardinia Cultural Centre   Pakenham  

  Apr 7   Wesley Performing Arts Centre   Horsham 

  Apr 8   Hamilton Performing Arts Centre   Hamilton  

  Apr 9   Portland Arts Centre   Portland 

  Apr 10   Warrnambool Entertainment Centre   Warrnambool 

  Apr 14   West Gippsland Arts Centre *Study Forum Post Matinee Performance   Warragul  

  Apr 15   Latrobe Performing Arts Centre   Traralgon  

  Apr 16   Wonthaggi Community Arts Centre   Wonthaggi 

  Apr 17   Karralyka Centre   Ringwood  

  Apr 19 – 20   Westside PAC  *Study Forum Post Matinee Performance   Mooroopna  

  Apr 21   Harrison Theatre   Swan Hill  

  Apr 22   Benalla Performing Arts & Convention Centre   Benalla 

  Apr 27   Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre   Colac  

  Apr 28 – 29   The Potato Shed  *Study Forum Post Matinee Performance   Drysdale  

  May 1   The Paramount   Echuca  

  May 3   Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre   Wangaratta 

 

For all touring information please contact HIT Productions:

 

Ph: 9599 0899

Website: www.hitproductions.com.au

 

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CREATIVE CREDITS

PLAYWRIGHT   Louis Nowra

PRODUCER    Christine Harris & HIT Productions

DIRECTOR    Denis Moore

SET DESIGNER   Shaun Gurton

SOUND DESIGNER   David Franzke

COSTUME DESIGNER  Adrienne Chisholm

LIGHTING DESIGNER  Jamie Henson

 

CAST

LEWIS Michael Wahr

ROY Don Bridges

DOUG Jacob Allan

HENRY Jim Daly

CHERRY Bessie Holland

RUTH Caroline Lee

LUCY/JULIE Katy-Jean Harding

JUSTIN/NICK/ZAC Adrian Auld

 

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