Daylight Saving is the winner of the 1990 Gold Awgie and Best Stage Play awards.
Written by Nick Enright, one of Australia’s most loved playwrights, and set on Sydney’s North Shore, it is an amusing satire that examines attitudes to love and fidelity and will have you laughing in the aisles.
Felicity and Tom are a highly successful couple who have little time for their relationship because of their demanding careers. Intent on clinching a deal for his tennis protégé, Jason, Tom flies to LA and forgets their anniversary. As the clocks turn back for daylight saving, Felicity feels particularly lonely until she receives a surprise phone call from her first love. Will she be tempted by his charms?
Nick Enright (1950–2003) trained for the theatre at New York University School of Arts after early experience in Australia including with Nimrod and MTC. He was an actor, director and teacher as well as a writer. His plays include On the Wallaby, Daylight Saving, St James Infirmary, Mongrels, A Property of the Clan, The Quartet from Rigoletto, Blackrock, Good Works, Spurboard and A Man with Five Children. With Justin Monjo he adapted Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet for the stage.
He has also written for film and television, including co-writing with George Miller the screenplay for Lorenzo’s Oil which was nominated for an Oscar. He has written a number of musicals including The Venetian Twins and Summer Rain with composer Terence Clarke. He wrote the book for the Australian production of The Boy From Oz.
Among many awards were two Green Room Awards for Best Play, and four Gold AWGIE Awards, the 1998 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award and the NSW Premiers’ Special Award. As well as being a prolific writer, Nick was a noted acting teacher, particularly at NIDA and WAAPA.
Director Kevin Trask adds, “Encore Theatre Company chose Daylight Saving because we like to try and include at least one Australian play in our playbill each year. Although this play was written and set in 1989, it remains one of the great Australian "classics" that has entertained audiences for almost fifteen years. We have assembled a wonderful cast for Daylight Saving and worked hard on every aspect of the production.”
Daylight Saving is Encore Theatre Company’s entry for the Victorian Drama League Awards for 2010.
Daylight Saving by Nick Enright
Directed by Kevin Trask
By special arrangement with Hilary Linstead and Associates.
Encore Theatre – Clayton Community Centre Theatre, Cooke Street, Clayton
Melway Reference 79 C3
Opening Night: July 2nd 8pm
Gala Night (Includes special supper): July 3rd 8pm
Other evening performances: July 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th at 8pm
Matinee performances: July 4th and 11th at 2.15pm
All ticket prices include pre-show sherries, refreshments at interval and a theatre programme.
Regular Nights/Matinee: Adult $20 Concession $18
Gala Nights: Adult $24 Concession $22
Opening Nights: Adult $15 (No Concession)
Group Bookings: Groups of 10 to 20 – $3 off the Adult price, Groups of 21 or more – $4 off the Adult price
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