BY DAVID WILLIAMSON
20 APRIL – 22 MAY 2021
“There’s a saying in the trade: ‘Never arrest a wife basher if his missus is still warm’.”
In a crime-ridden inner suburb of Melbourne, a seasoned police Sergeant and a raw recruit are drawn into the lives of two women dealing with domestic violence and abuse.
Simmonds the older cop bullies his subordinate Ross, belittling and patronising him; Kate, the controlling older sister bullies Fiona, her weaker sibling, badgering her to leave her husband Kenny. When the two police become involved in the planned escape, the consequences are both terrible and tragic.
David Williamson’s ground-breaking 1971 play radically changed Australian theatre. As a satirical study of authoritarianism and of social conditioning that forces people into constricting, inflexible roles, the play swings frantically between dark comedy and visceral savagery.
Through the use of stereotypical characters, realist vernacular, physical brutality and frequent profanity, Williamson investigated ‘ocker culture’ and the violence and sexism which lurked underneath the veneer of Australian society. In doing so, he placed ‘Australian voices’ on stage in a new and shocking way.
Fifty years later, domestic violence is still a rampant problem in our society, the statistics are alarming, and Williamson’s play remains sadly relevant.
“A violent, bloody, deeply disturbing portrait of Australia” Crikey
Director Johann Walraven
Set Designer Robyn Arthur
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaei
To be announced
dates & times
Preview: Tue 20 April 7:30pm
Press Night/Opening Night Wed 21 April 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Final performance: Saturday 22 May 2pm
Running time to be advised
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
School Groups $22 (one teacher free per 10 students)*
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
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Please note: New Theatre is a general admission theatre and seat selection is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. As per NSW Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, we now running at 75% capacity (112 patrons). Where possible, we will endeavour to socially distance audience members and groups one seat apart, however with fuller houses, you may need to sit next to others. Face masks are not mandatory but strongly recommended. If you have any concerns, please contact our Theatre Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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