EXPLORE THE ZEITGEIST WITH DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY IN 2019
“I believe it is our role as a theatre company to explore and respond to the zeitgeist of our times. To do this we go straight to the source – to the people who make it their living and mission to do so. Artists, by their nature and their profession, engage with our world and provide a response to it. Artists investigate our lives. They create provocations and generate empathy. For the last 26 years, we’ve invited professional artists to put forward concepts for our company to fund, develop, produce and stage. It’s an exciting, intense and risky process, which requires a significant investment by our company. The reward is passionate theatre that leaps off the stage. Our 2019 season is laden with passion projects by inspiring and engaged artists. 2019 is year of the Creative Hub for Darlinghurst Theatre Company. In addition to our theatrical season, we’ll be staging other unique and captivating performances including comedy, dance, cabaret and music. To get even closer to the coalface of the zeitgeist we are also hosting public forums on prevailing issues and creative industry discussions. In 2019 we’ll remain true to the cause, stage more new work, explore diverse performances and generate discussion. You will be engaged, you will be entertained, and most of all – you will be welcomed. I hope you’ll join us!” – Glenn Terry, Artistic Director & CEO, Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces & presents – THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
A poignant and riotous musical comedy. In a northern English town lives a girl with a secret. Little Voice hides away in her bedroom surrounded by her late fathers’ precious record collection of the great 20th century divas. She escapes into the glamorous world of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland whose stylings drift downstairs to a house ruled by her brassey, boozy mother Mari.
Mari, played by legend of Australian stage and screen Caroline O’Connor, is on the prowl, desperately looking for love in all the wrong places. Her latest suitor, Ray Say, discovers Little Voice’s hidden talent and is determined to force her into the spotlight to cash in his golden ticket to the Big Time.
This tale of mothers and daughters was made famous in 1998 with the cult classic film “Little Voice” starring Jane Horrocks. This razor-sharp Cinderella story will transport you out of the mundane and into the extraordinary.
Caroline O’Connor is an Australian theatre legend, critically acclaimed both on Broadway and the West End.
“Caroline O’Connor is extraordinary”- The Australian
★★★★ The Guardian, UK
★★★★ The Times
“Little Voice is playful and magical” – Sunday Times
“A cracker, original and hilarious” – The Daily Telegraph
Fishy Productions produces and presents in association with Darlinghurst Theatre Company – RUSSIAN TRANSPORT
By Erika Sheffer
Directed by Joseph Uchitel
Season: 9 – 31 March
An intriguing comedy turns moral thriller. A powerful and suspenseful drama, Russian Transport follows an immigrant Russian family struggling to survive in Brooklyn, NY. Dark secrets emerge when a mysterious and charming uncle arrives from Smolensk. He tests family loyalty and preys on their weaknesses. Provocative and disturbingly funny, Russian Transport questions how far one will go for the sake of family and the pursuit of the American dream.
Fishy Productions is proud to produce the Australian Premiere of Russian Transport in association with Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
“[An] engrossing moral thriller” – Time Out New York
“A must see” play” – Chicago Critic
“Raw, strong, disturbingly funny” – Chicago Reader
An Australian Premiere
Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces and presents – PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH – AGAIN!
By Deb Filler & Alison Summers
Directed by Alison Summers
Season: 3 – 14 April
Deb Filler and her internationally acclaimed hit comedy returns to Australia.
Comedian Deb Filler and her father Sol decide to take a vacation together for the first time. Some people tour Europe, some people explore the Himalayas, but not Deb and Sol who set out on a whirlwind tour of Eastern European Death Camps. Inspired by a trip Filler made to Poland with her father, a survivor of Auschwitz, this iconic story asks how do we find humour in our most difficult moments?
Packed with unforgettable characters, (36 at last count) many laughs and some tears Deb Filler is “remarkable… funny, warm and deeply moving… full of the sharpest observations and the most incisive impressions.”- The Age
Deb Filler together with friend Lawrence Jackson self-produced the original premiere of Punch Me in the Stomach 25 years ago at Belvoir Street Theatre. Its short season was an instant smash hit that went on to tour internationally to critical acclaim including New York, Boston, Auckland, Philadelphia and Toronto.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company is so proud to be producing and supporting the return of Deb Filler to the Australian stage with her remarkable tour de force.
“Extraordinary work, an extraordinary story-teller…we laugh, we weep we weep.” – Israel Horovitz, The Village Voice
“Magnificent…extraordinary…dazzling…stunning”. – The Boston Globe
Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces & presents – SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
By Bess Wohl
Directed by Jo Turner
Season: 3 – 26 May
How do you speak your mind when you can’t say a word? Six runaways from city life embark on a silent meditation retreat nestled away in the quiet of the woods. Their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect; how do you speak your mind when you’re forbidden to say a word? Hilariously profound, Bess Wohl’s smash hit transcends language and asks how do we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us?
Small Mouth Sounds is “a play unlike any other” (Huffington Post), lauded for its luminous approach to storytelling. Described as “flawless” by Variety and a “quiet gem of a play” by the New York Times, don’t miss the Australian premiere of this ingenious work.
“Joyful and hilarious” – Vulture Magazine
“It deserves to be seen and re-seen!… It’s a theatrical experience – you will never forget” – The New Yorker
“It leaves you moved, refreshed and even enlightened” – The New York Times
★★★★ “Small Mouth Sounds is as entertaining as it is transcendent” – Time Out, New York
An Australian Premiere
Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces and presents – ONCE
Playbook by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.
Directed by Richard Carroll
Season: 26 June – 21 July
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney.
By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia)
Guy meets Girl in this smash-hit Broadway musical. Once is a tender love story of a struggling Irish musician on the verge of giving up and a piano-playing Czech immigrant who reminds him how to dream. Featuring an outstanding ensemble of performers playing instrumentals live on stage. Once is a modern-day musical that reminds us of the power of music to connect us all. With songs from the critically-acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly, this spell-binding score will have you holding your breath from beginning to end.
“When the violins begin to play – and the accordion and the mandolin and the guitars and the cello – the instruments swell into a collection of distinctive voices melded into a single, universal feeling… Once massages that feeling until it hurts quite exquisitely.” – The New York Times
Original and unforgettable, Once draws you in from the very first note, grabs you by the heart strings and never lets go.
★★★★★ – New York Daily News
8 Tony Awards including Best Musical
4 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical
Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album
Academy Award for Best Original Song
A Sydney Premiere
Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces and presents in association with Moogahlin Performing Arts – RAINBOW’S END
By Jane Harrison
Directed by Liza-Mare Syron
Season: 10 August – 1 September
A First Nations story about the bond of family and the power of the land. It’s the 1950s in Shepparton, Victoria. Three generations of the Dear family live together in a rundown shack on the Goulburn River flats. Gladys yearns for a better life, a real home and a decent job. Her teenage daughter Dolly has dreams of becoming a nurse, while her resilient grandmother, Nan Dears, is resistant to change. Dolly falls for Errol, a travelling salesman, who offers her the prospect of another world. Together they embark on a journey of belonging where the search for a better life challenges the powerful bond that holds these women together. In this powerful and tender story, where dreams for a fair go lie, acclaimed playwright, Jane Harrison, pens one family’s struggle for community acceptance in the Menzies era of Australia.
“[Rainbow’s End] quietly makes its point, leaving you aware and impressed by the staunchness of these women, the gains they made and the dignity with which they dealt with hardship” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Beautifully crafted, elegantly scripted.“ – Australian Stage
“A touching pot of theatrical gold…”- The Examiner
Shalom and Moira Blumenthal productions produces and presents in association with Darlinghurst Theatre Company – THE GOD OF ISAAC
By James Sherman
Directed by Moira Blumenthal
Season: 5 – 22 September
An identity crisis of comedic proportions. When Isaac Adams, a second-generation American Jewish journalist, learns of plans for a Nazi group to stage a demonstration in Skokie, Illinois, he wonders what, if anything, his involvement should be. Determined to find the truth, Isaac goes on a quest to find answers about his heritage, his mother, and himself. Isaac questions a mixture of Jewish folk in his search – including his mother. Any seriousness is punctured with pop culture vignettes, recast with Jewish characters. The stars of Huckleberry Finn, On the Waterfront and The Wizard of Oz, among others, become members of the tribe. It’s hilarious…but it drives his mother crazy.
James Sherman is the author of Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Along, From Door to Door, amongst others.
“A warm, enjoyable search for roots, a search everyone…can identify with.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“Hilarious and touching.” – Chicago Tribune
An Australian Premiere
Darlinghurst Theatre Company develops and produces – PUSSY MONOLOGUES
Director & Lead Writer: Victoria Midwinter Pitt
Contributing Writers: Mary Anne Butler, Michele Lee & Suzy Wrong
Season: 9 November – 1 December
A manifesto for equality. Pussy Monologues is a celebration of the dark art of counter-attack, generously shared by some of Australia’s smartest, funniest and most thoughtful female voices.
‘Every great social justice movement has started with … people sitting in a circle, telling their personal stories that they think only happen to them … and realizing that if it’s happening to all these unique people, it’s political.’ – Gloria Steinem
This is what #MeToo and Time’s Up have been about – that it’s not just me, it’s all of us. It’s political. Told from the true stories of ordinary and extraordinary women, Pussy Monologues uncovers the brave, ingenious and darkly funny ways women have survived, outlasted, outwitted and outmuscled the patriarchy. In this practical manifesto, Pussy Monologues seeks to provide an answer to “what’s next?” – to help navigate the journey to equality in a fiercely shifting landscape. Led by award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Victoria Midwinter Pitt (Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War, Leaky Boat, Rampant: How a City Stopped a Plague), Pussy Monologues shares exquisite accounts by women for everyone.
“Some are small, private victories, some are very public triumphs, but when we piece them together, they tell us something really interesting. We’ve seen the wider fabric of the dreaded patriarchy. This show is about the wider fabric of the strengths it has taken us to keep fighting it: wit, guts, guile, acute emotional intelligence, and a very healthy appetite for counter-attack. That sounds to me like the beginning of a practical manifesto for #What’s Next.” – Victoria Midwinter Pitt.
A World Premiere
Season: 27 February – 1 March
Join us for the inaugural Darlinghurst Theatre Comedy Fest featuring camp comedians and the world premiere of a brand-new cabaret show. We’ll be serving up high tea with drag bingo, cocktails and more.
Day One – Jordan Raskopoulos
Day Two – Fat Musicals
Day Three – Rhys Nicholson