Announcing Season 2023
The Effect, by Lucy Prebble, directed by Claire Abagia
February 17 – March 4
Connie is a psychology student. Tristan is a charming drifter. Both have signed up to a clinical trial for a new antidepressant super-drug. Sealed off from the outside world, the attraction between Connie and Tristan turns into deeper feelings as their doses get stronger. They’ve been warned of side effects – can they trust their feelings, or is this just a chemical romance? The Effect premiered to great acclaim at London’s National Theatre in late 2012 winning the UK Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play for young playwright Lucy Prebble.
It’s Only A Play, by Terence McNally, directed by Peter Newling
April 28 – May 13
A wealthy first-time Broadway producer, Julia Budder, is throwing an opening night party for The Golden Egg at her luxurious Manhattan home. The playwright, Peter Austin, is joined by the director, a lead actor, and assorted friends and hangers-on (including a critic) as they nervously wait for the late-night reviews printed in the newspapers. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender—and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage. The Associated Press, called the play a “maliciously funny diatribe about the desperate and demented business of producing a play on Broadway.”
Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, by Ray Lawler, directed by Martin Gibbs
June 16 – July 1
The most famous Australian play and one of the best loved, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is a tragicomic story of Roo and Barney. A beautifully observed, humorous, and poignant play, Ray Lawler’s much-loved play is a tale of two Queensland cane cutters who for 16 years have worked up north in the brutal sugar cane fields and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends.AussieTheatre.com said: “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an iconic Australian work that should remain an important part of our Australian theatre-going repertoire and cultural education.”
Consent, by Nina Raine, directed by Michelle Swann
September 1 – September 16
A powerful and confronting play that stimulates debate and highlights the distinction between law and justice. Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Lawyer friends take opposing briefs in a shocking and contentious legal case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.
Four Flat Whites In Italy, by Roger Hall, directed by David Collins
November 10 – November 25
Four Flat Whites in Italy is the hilarious story of retired librarians, Adrian and Alison. They have scrimped and saved for the holiday of a lifetime with another couple they’ve known for years. Shortly before leaving, one of their friends breaks his ankle, and the couple are unable to join them. Stepping into the breach are two new neighbours – brash Harry, a retired plumber, and his sexy younger wife, Judy, who insist on flying business class. What follows is an hilarious clash of budgets, interests, politics, culture, sex, religion, sport and coffee! Laugh along with the Flat Four’s poignantly funny adventures as they tour Venice, Rome and Tuscany.