DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT TOM MURPHY’S MASTERPIECE
THE GIGLI CONCERT
Darlinghurst Theatre Company and O'Punksky's Theatre present one of the great Irish plays of the last century. The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy will preview from 4 April and open on 8 April at the Eternity Playhouse.
Widely considered to be Murphy’s masterpiece, The Gigli Concert is a fiercely satirical and beautifully crafted play about the endurance of the human spirit and the ability to achieve the impossible.
Directed by John O’Hare (The Seafarer), the cast includes Patrick Dickson (Carson's Law, Rake) as JPW King, Maeliosa Stafford (Faith Healer) as the mysterious Irishman, and Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters) as Mona.
JPW King is a quack psychiatrist with an insatiable taste for vodka. The reoccurring question is how to get through each day. Then a mysterious Irishman walks into his office wanting to sing like the great Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli.
Director John O’Hare is thrilled to be working with a true ensemble of great actors on what is arguably Tom Murphy's dramatic masterwork. “For me The Gigli Concert is a reflection of all that I am and potentially could be,” said John.
“This is a comedy with a Faustian pact at its heart. It is a wicked celebration of despair, which at the same time reminds me of the power of friendship to heal the deepest wounds."
Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Glenn Terry is very proud to be working with O’Punksky’s again. “John O’Hare, Patrick Dickson and Maeliosa Stafford are outstanding artists in their own right. Each has a professional theatre career and they come together as O’Punksky’s to create theatre that they feel deeply connected to, and passionate about and they deliver standout productions of Irish drama.”
O’Punksky’s Theatre is a company rich in creativity, resilience and resourcefulness. The directors are all founding members and all act, direct, design, write and produce. They’ve been producing plays since 1990, with hits such as Winter’s Discontent, Bailegangaire and The Cavalcaders and first performed The Gigli Concert at the Old Fitzroy in 1999.
THE GIGLI CONCERT
By Tom Murphy
Director John O’Hare
Set Designer Gordon Burns
Costume Designer Alison Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Tony Youlden
Production Manager Erin Harvey
Producers Patrick Dickson and Vaike Neeme
Cast Patrick Dickson, Kim Lewis and Maeliosa Stafford
Previews 4 – 6 April
Season 9 April – 4 May
Performance Times Tues – Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm, Sat Matinees 26 April & 3 May at 2pm
Ticket Price Adult $43/ Conc & Groups $38/ Under 30 (Tue-Thu) & Previews $30
A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings
Bookings www.darlinghursttheatre.com or 02 8356 9987 (9.30am-5.30pm weekdays)