The Farnsworth Invention
By Aaron Sorkin
13 July – 13 August 2011
“Ripples with energy and character … With Sorkin you want it fast and tight and fans of his work will not be disappointed, newcomers are in for a treat and those just after a terrific night out away from the television should book this into their schedules.” 5th Wall
“Connolly is superb as the hyper-articulate, hardnosed entrepreneur … Sommerlad is equally captivating, a performance which is multilayered and mesmerising … Fischer marshals a 19-strong cast and orchestrates the dramatic tension to inform and entertain at the same time … Thumbs up!” OzBabyBoomers
“Director Louise Fischer has delivered a beautifully designed production … an enjoyable recreation of one of media history’s most unrecognised chapters.” SameSame
“The design [Chloe Lawrence-Hartcher –set, Blake Garner – lighting, Nick Plummer – costumes] sets the scene perfectly, the music [Heinz Schweers] was a joy to listen to … Book now and go if you haven’t already.” WhatsOnSydney
“Superlative theatre, transporting, instructive and moving” Alternative Media Group
“An evening where art explains, and argues about, science with you. And leaves you excited about it to boot.” Concrete Playground
ABOUT THE SHOW
Before the social network there was television.
In 1929, David Sarnoff, a Russian-born New York broadcasting tycoon, and Philo T. Farnsworth, a self-taught electronics genius from rural Idaho, battle through industrial espionage, family tragedy, financial disaster and the thrill of discovery for the rights to one of the greatest inventions of all time.
As the ambitions and egos of two visionaries clash over the ownership of a patent potentially worth millions, just one lapse, one error of judgement and the other will gain the edge.
From the acclaimed writer of The Social Network and The West Wing comes this gripping true story about the birth of television and how one man dared to take on the might of corporate America.
Director Louise Fischer | Set Designer Chloe Lawrence-Hartcher | Lighting Designer Blake Garner | Costume Designer Nick Plummer | Composer Heinz Schweers | Stage Manager Ruth Horsfall | Production Manager Rosane McNamara | Assistant Director Susannah Thompson
Cast Shannon Ashlyn, Patrick Connolly, Robert Edwards, Errol Henderson, Lynden Jones, John Keightley, Naomi Livingstone, Corinne Marie, Ruben Neeson, Marty O’Neill, Samantha Roylance, Kate Shearer, Mark Sippel, Gary Smith, Damian Sommerlad, Chris Turner, Paul Whiddon, Amanda Wiltshire and Robert Zavadszky
Wed – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm
Full $28 | Concession $22 | Group $22 (10+) | Education School Groups $17 (10+) | Preview Tuesday 12 July $10 |
“Pay What You Can” Sunday 17 July @ 5pm | Student Rush $17
2 hours and 15 minutes including interval
By arrangement with Dominie Drama
Photos © Milestones Photography/Matthias Engesser
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