Red Stitch Artistic Director, David Whiteley announces the company’s second half season for 2012.
This season offers an exciting variety of internationally acclaimed plays, including three Australian premieres and one Victorian premiere. The program will take Melbourne audiences on a journey through time and place, from the classrooms of Wittenberg University in 16th Century Germany to the home of a 1950s housewife and a classy wine bar in modern day Edinburgh.
“We've managed to uncover a rare collection of gems for Season Two. Each of them, in very different ways, has heart, humour and humanity in abundance -‐ and I'm confident all of them will reward our characteristically adventurous audiences.
Three Australian premieres and one Victorian premiere -‐ including the hit play, The Kitchen Sink, winner of the London Critics Circle Award for most promising playwright, and David Greig and Gordon McIntyre's acclaimed and wonderfully idiosyncratic 'play with songs', Midsummer, make up a season of some of the most unashamedly appealing shows we've offered in years, ” said David Whiteley.
July welcomes the first play of the season, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride, awarded The Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and the John Whiting Award for the Best New Play during its opening season at London’s Royal Court Theatre. This is a heartfelt play exploring contrasting times of chronic repression and supposed liberation for homosexual men.
In August, we are taken to the Yorkshire seaside resort of Withersnea, in Tom Wells’ The Kitchen Sink. Directed by Terrence O’Connell this irresistibly funny and tender play about big dreams and small changes is a superbly nuanced and heart warming tale of a not-‐so-‐typical family.
Red Stitch Theatre will play home to three historical legends in October, with Wittenberg, ‘a tragical-‐comical-‐historical’, written by David Davalos to be directed by Jane Montgomery Griffiths. Shakespeare’s Hamlet, John Faustus and Martin Luther will take to the stage in a smart, sprightly and audacious battle of wits and ideologies.
The season will conclude with Midsummer, a romantic comedy between the most ill matched of lovers. Written by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre, Midsummer is a playful and enchanting story about unlikely characters united in love, song and dance.
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
20 July – 18 August (Australian Premiere)
Meet Sylvia, a 1950s housewife attempting to come to terms with her husband’s latent homosexualty. Skip ahead to 2008 where Phillip, who is in an openly gay
relationship, struggles with his partner’s infidelities. This fascinating and heartfelt play by Alexi Kaye Campbell (Apologia) explores sexual freedoms with a group of characters from two very different eras. The Pride, a time shifting exploration of identity and passion, offers a sharp, funny and deeply affecting portrait of homosexuality then and now, drawing powerful and often amusing analogies between the epochs. Awarded The Critics’ Circle Award
for Most Promising Playwright and the John Whiting
Award for the Best New Play, Campbell’s debut title brilliantly crafts two parallel love stories, dealing with the challenges of repression, liberation and change.
THE KITCHEN SINK By Tom Wells
31 August – 22 September (Australian Premiere) Directed by Terence O’Connell
For one family in the faded Yorkshire seaside resort of Withernsea, not all is going to plan. Pieces are falling off Martin’s milk float as quickly as he is losing customers, while his dinner-‐lady wife disastorously experiments in her kitchen with Christmas Day sushi. Their son Billy is pinning his hopes of a place at art college on a portrait of Dolly Parton, while his sister Sophie’s dreams of becoming a Jiu Jitsu teacher are squandered when she lands one on her instructor. In a warm, funny and deeply engaging portrait of the peculiarality of family life, Tom Wells’ hit new play puts a hilarious spin on blue collar domestic drama. As it follows its characters throughout a year, The Kitchen Sink explores people's capacity to change in small, unforeseen ways.
A Tragical-‐Comical-‐Historical in Two Acts By David Davalos
5 October – 3 November (Australian Premiere) Directed by Jane Montgomery Griffiths
Wittenberg, Germany. Home in its time to Dr John Faustus, philosopher of the brave new world, Martin Luther, theologian extraodinaire and Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark. But what if all three were there at the same time? It’s 1517, Prince Hamlet a student at Wittenburg University finds himself caught between the idealogical paradoxes of his professors, Faustus and Luther, vying for influence over the university’s star student. It’s an epic tug of war between Faustus’ command to question everything and Luther's insistence that God is always the answer. Acclaimed playwright David Davalos’ unlikely convergence of characters is a highly entertaining and accessible explanation of reason versus faith.
By David Greig and Gordon McIntyre (Yellow Moon, Outlying Islands)
16 November – 15 December (Victorian Premiere) Directed by John Kachoyan
When Bob, a failing car salesman and petty criminal and Helena, a high powered divorce lawyer, meet in classy wine bar on a wet, foggy, miserable night in Edinburgh, an unlikely romance unfolds. After a drunken one night stand, the ill advised love match find themselves on a wild weekend, burning a hole through someone else’s cash. As they roam the familiar streets the unlikely pair discovers that even the most committed solitaries have the potential to change direction, breaking the shackles of everyday life with an act of rebellion. Midsummer, written by one of Scotland’s leading playwrights David Greig and top Edinburgh singer/songwriter Gordon McIntyre, is a quirky, charming love story (with songs).