107 Railway Parade
Erskineville NSW 2043
Exit Games Productions in association with Alan Brodie Representation Ltd presents
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Debbie Smith
In Victorian London, a severely deformed man inspires those who meet him with his humour, wisdom and resolute spirit.
Joseph Merrick, a victim of rare skin and bone diseases, is the star freak attraction in travelling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital.
Young physician Frederick Treves discovers that Merrick has an intelligent mind and introduces him to Victorian London society. Merrick slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favourite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.
In his book, Frederick Treves said of Merrick, “As a specimen of humanity, Merrick was ignoble and repulsive, but the spirit of Merrick, if it could be seen in the form of the living, would assume the figure of an upstanding and heroic man, smooth browed and clean of limb, and with eyes that flashed undaunted courage”.
The forthcoming production, directed by the acclaimed Debbie Smith, features a wonderful cast with Jack Berry as John Merrick; Nicholas Gledhill as Frederick Treves; Melanie Robinson as Mrs Kendall; William Jordan as Ross (Merrick’s nasty manager); Marty O’Neill as Carr Gomm; Peter Hayes as Bishop How; Denise Kitching as Miss Sandwich; Madeleine Solomon; Claire Brew and Eoin O’Sullivan.
Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for ‘Best Play’ and 2015 Drama Desk Award for ‘Best Revival of a Play’, this classic play continues to inspire generations.
“Ravishing theatre….Utterly fascinating…A distinguished piece of work.” – New York Daily News
“An enthralling and luminous play. Haunting, splendid…” – The New York Times
“Wonderful, moving and purely theatrical. A giant of a play!” – New York Post
“A moving drama, lofted on poetic wings, it nests in the human heart.” – Time
“Pomerance’s tale showcases the triumph of a very human spirit, personified by the sensitive, almost saintly Merrick.” – Associated Press
Don’t miss this rarely performed play.
Choose from the following performances:
Wednesday 22 August 2018 @ 7.30pm
Thursday 23 August 2018 @ 7.30pm
Friday 24 August 2018 @ 7.30pm
Saturday 25 August 2018 @ 2pm
Saturday 25 August 2018 @ 7.30pm
Tickets are priced as follows: Adult: $35.00, Concession: $30.00 and Group (4 persons or more): $30.00pp
Secure your tickets at Trybooking.
For more information on The Elephant Man, please follow www.facebook.com/TheElephantMan2018
Venue: PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043