CONTROL

by KEZIAH WARNER

 

5 – 30 July 2022

 

SYDNEY PREMIERE

 

 

“What if they just want us to think they’re not watching?”

Told as a trilogy, traversing several decades and mixing genres, this is a shrewd and sharp vision of the future from a bold new Australian voice.

A disparate quartet thrown together in a Reality TV experiment hurtle through space. As climate change reaches crisis point and revolution threatens to erupt on Earth, the world is looking on. Or is it?

In the society of the future, A.I. and people work side-by-side, ‘personal memories’ are held in a database vulnerable to hackers, and past misadventures can be erased.

And on the planet known as New Earth (a now-colonised Mars), a touching relationship develops between a techie and the android she’s tasked with reprogramming.

This provocative, clever and subversively funny play explores the ethical and moral ambiguities inherent in our relationship with technology.

It questions both humanity’s desire to manipulate how we’re perceived by others, and our need to control our environment despite our inability to control ourselves.

★★★★★ “Inventive and thought-provoking” Melbourne Herald Sun

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Keziah Warner is a playwright and dramaturg originally from the UK, now based in Melbourne. She began her career in London where she graduated from Goldsmiths College, Richmond Theatre’s Advanced Playwriting Course and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab. She has assessed, workshopped or produced new writing in London, Edinburgh, Auckland, New York and Melbourne.

AWARDS:   LuNa, Short-listed, Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award; Short-listed, Griffin Award; Winner, Patrick White Playwrights Award (2019). Total Eclipse of the Heart, Short-listed, Martin-Lysicrates Prize. Control, Short-listed, Patrick White Playwrights Award, commended by the judges.

creative team

Director & Sound Designer Patrick Howard
Set Designer David Marshall-Martin
Lighting Designer Capri Harris
Costume Designer Rhiarn Zarzhavsky
Assistant Director Emma Van Veen
Stage Manager Danielle Rayner

 

cast

Romney Hamilton, Giani Leon
Riley McNamara,
Emily Suine
Kaitlyn Thor,
Luke Vinsentin
Caitlin Williams,
Olivia Xegas

dates/times

Preview Tue 5 July 7:30pm
Opening Night Wed 6 July 7:30pm

Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 30 July 2pm

Running time: to be advised

 

tickets

Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
Preview $20

COVID- Safe protocols:
QR code and vaccination checks are no longer required.

Face masks are not mandatory, but recommended.

Main image: © alice-photo/Shutterstock