The Shape Of Things

By Neil Labute    MAY 10


A rehearsed reading for NT Ed followed by a Q&A with the director and cast. 

Adam is nerdy, insecure and a bit of a loser with women. When he meets Evelyn, a bright, self-assured graduate art student, he can’t believe his luck when she shows an interest in him.
With her encouragement, he beings a ‘self-improvement’ regime: exercising, ditching the junk food, updating his wardrobe, getting contact lenses and gradually gaining in self-confidence.
His best friend Phillip approves of the ‘new, improved Adam’, while Phillip’s girlfriend Jenny begins to find herself attracted to him. But Evelyn hasn’t finished with her transformation of Adam. How far can she convince him to go? And how can she make him prove that he’s more devoted to her than his friends?
This modern morality tale riffs on the Frankenstein myth to examine the nature of art, the meaning of trust, and people’s willingness to do anything for love.



Debbie Smith

Wednesday 10 May 11:30am and 7:30pm

Saturday 6 May 10am – 6pm
Sunday 7 May 10am – 3pm
Monday 8 May 6pm – 10pm
Tuesday 9 May 6pm – 10pm

Adam Sorenson, early 20s
Evelyn Ann Thompson, early 20s
Jenny, early 20s
Phillip, early 20s

Saturday 29 April 10am – 6pm
Sunday 30 April 10am – 3pm

Callbacks Monday 1 May 6pm – 10pm

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Debbie has directed about 25 full length plays and assisted on dozens more as AD, SM, choreographer, set designer and PM. In both 2015 and 2016, she directed for Short and Sweet Sydney and the plays were selected for the Gala Finals. She has directed for Genesian Theatre Company, Twin Town Players, Riverside Lyric Ensemble, New Theatre Education programme, Hunters Hill Theatre and Lane Cove theatre. Her recent productions as director include Frankenstein, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cosi and Far from the Madding Crowd; and as choreographer for Our House.