Anna Larina was known and renowned as the wife of one of the architects of the Russian Revolution, Nikolai Bukharin. With his downfall and execution, she was persecuted for twenty years, separated from her family, and spent her prime years in a succession of gulags.
Witnessing both the rise of the Revolution, and purges it conducted, she lived both sides of the hypocrisy of Stalin’s rule. She was loved as the partner of the golden child of the Revolution, and then condemned as the partner of a traitor. Through her, we see the very human cost of ideology, and the unimaginable triumph of the human spiritin the face of the hellish machine determined to subdue it.
The extraordinary story of Anna Larina. Punished for being a wife.
“Lead actress Charlotte Chimes gives a breath-taking yet fierce performance as Anna, alongside her counterpart Ben Mathews, whose conviction and intensity brings the Russian figurehead back to life” – Alt Media
“As secret police apparatus Lavrentiy Beria, is the exceptional Steve Corner, whose nuanced dramatics has us enthralled.” – Suzy Goes See
“Langham’s script works well, capably balancing the task of enlightening audiences to the inter-war Soviet mindset and creating interesting characters who are more than mouthpieces for the delivery of information. Langham demonstrates a light touch when it comes to necessary exposition.” – Audrey Journal
“We are the Himalayas is a refreshing look at the great communist experiment that encourages us to see what happens to the human creature under different styles of social pressure. Partly frightening and partly exposing, it offers up a refreshing take on Russian communism and reminds us that narratives are not always as they seem, and that the story we tell ourselves about the events transpiring in front of us are as important as the stories we wish to refute. This is a complex and beautiful play, that all Sydney artists should see, not to mention anyone interested in modern day socialism or Russian history.” – Lisa Thatcher
A mother watches on TV as her son is arrested for the murder of three young men, their bodies discovered in his apartment. Her friends text their support but always had their doubts, while her weatherman ex-husband becomes a media sensation in the aftermath of the televised tragedy. What follows is a kaleidoscopic journey of investigation into a mother’s past and future. With her life suddenly thrust under the microscope, Lie With Me is a mother’s desperate attempt to survive in a world that names her the Mother of a Monster. Combining dynamic physical and visual storytelling, the show creates an intimate portrait of a woman facing the greatest crisis a mother can face. Lie With Me is a visceral, honest work exploring the limits of the human heart.
“This is an amazing theatrical ‘coup’ from Ms Pierse, for, when one watches closely and observes that besides creating and charting the dilemma of Janice, Ms Pierse, as well, is having to also to be a technical ‘instrument’ – stage-hand – in the moving of the furniture, props etc to facilitate the action circumscribed by the writer and Director – at one stage managing the positioning of 10 chairs and a table, by herself, in the midst of the progress of the narrative.” – Kevin Jackson
Dark, passionate and urgent, Hobart’s writing makes for engrossing, fascinating theatre. – Suzy Wrong
“By storytelling this examination of fear, entrapment and cruelty in a way that is exciting, accessible and important, Hobart establishes herself as a first-rate playwright.” – Audrey Journal
Asylum is a new contemporary work about 5 people and the very different ways they are all seeking asylum in their lives. It’s a story about a broken family, and the personal side of our immigration process.
Craig is an immigration officer who has retreated into a rigid sense of responsibility and morality from being left by his wife long ago to battle with his delinquent son. His conviction in his own righteousness is challenged when he meets Hajir, a Lebanese man applying for a protection visa to remain in Australia on the same day his ex-wife returns and Jason is arrested. Now Craig is forced to consider something previously impossible: Is he willing to lie in the name of a greater good, and who will he protect by doing so?
Big Crow by Mark Langham is based, loosely, on a true story. In the early 1930’s two young Londoners ground down by poverty, Tommy and Albie, were offered a spur of the moment trip to Australia. No sooner had they landed than they were taken to work as virtual slaves on a huge station, completely at the mercy of the station owner Roy, a man who’s life has been a stream of disappointments.
Tommy is a weasel; swift, cunning and potentially fatal. Albie could crush you with his kindness, but only if Tommy told him to… and their desperation has led them to a decision – they’re going to kill Roy. Roy’s wife and daughter disturb the murder but are far more interested in watching than saving him. The murder is put on hold and a dialogue begins.
But the bells and whistles of the big commercial venues are superfluous when what you are offering is a new Australian story told by actors with a passion for contemporary writing. – The Daily Telegraph
Big Crow by Mark Langham is a provocative confection. – Theatre Red
Sometimes it’s so nice to just sit in an intimate theatre to feel a show… The story is definitely interesting and the production is well realised and rehearsed… Well worth checking out. – Sydney Arts Guide
Abigail Woods has tried her whole life to separate herself from her mother Diane, the public and formidable CEO of Olympus Media. But when her mother dies suddenly, Abigail’s life is pulled out of control as she is catapulted into the world of corporate media. It’s about how she survives in an environment where not even she is sure who she is, and about the weight of the responsibility she now carries.
Double Bill: “Last Drinks” & “Two Mouths Four Hands”
Exchange Hotel, Balmain
The Avalon used to be a lively pub, but now there are only ever three people there. Daniel owns it, Chris seeks refuge in it, and Matt thinks it’s the best place on God’s earth. The Av’ has become a second home to these blokes, and the perfect place for them to escape the world… something that’s threatened when a tempting offer comes to sell the building. They’ve been tied together through this place since childhood, but however much they love it, their lives may be starting to move on.
Two Mouths Four Hands
One apartment, two friends talking through the night and copious amounts of wine. These friends are close enough thatsecrets are no longer a problem, until they discover they might still have some left they didn’t even know about. He keeps coming back to his first boyfriend he insists he’s over, and her carefree attitude towards life and love starts giving way to something more earnest and personal. They might not be able to fix each other’s problem,butthey’re sure as hell going to try,even if their answers might be fuelled by wine and song lyrics.
Zoe is an artist. She lives with her two sisters Kate and Ella. Their house moves from peaceful to tense, becoming very uncomfortable to live in, very quickly. They often go without speaking for days (three weeks being their personal best). When Zoe wins a photography competition and the prize is a trip to Paris for two, this further complicates the already tenuous bonds between them. The battle for the second ticket creates greater conflict between Kate and Ella. High-level manipulation is at play and old wounds are opened, closed and re-opened, just to be sure. The sisters prove that nobody can penetrate the surface better than family and quickly realise the true consequences of choosing to live together as adults. Insults are well-calculated and often pre-mediated and re-used, words are crafted to inflict the greatest hurt and the only possible conclusion they can find is in a game of Monopoly. This is anyone’s game now and only the roll of the dice will decide who comes out on top. Or will it?
Writer Pamela Proestos Director Sascha Hall Set and Costume Designer Demitra Alexandria Lighting and Sound Designer Luke Holmes Stage Manager Peter Hoekstra-Bass Production Manager/Producer Charlie Hanson
Ainslie Clouston Victoria Greiner Bianca Raess Mark Taylor
Welcome to Hinton Street, a quiet suburb away from the stress of the city, where the neighbours are like family. A neighbourhood that’s barely changed over the years, until a developer from Sylvan Towers arrives with a new concept: Village Living.
Lush gardens and parkland, shops, a waterfall feature and comfortable village housing are all promised. Reland plans to give the residents here a new type of development, one that will keep the spirit of their environment.But when Hinton Street starts to experience robberies, houses being de-valued and hidden personal histories then the question arises: Have these problems been there all along, or is Sylvan Towers too good to be true?
Writer Chris Naylor Director Travis Kecek Set Designer Hayley Schmidt Costume Designer Rachel Scane Lighting and Sound Designer Luke Holmes Stage Manager Caitlin Chatfield Production Manager/Producer Charlie Hanson
Sascha Hall Estelle Healey Matt Hopkins Alan Long Sam Smith Kara Stewart Zasu Towel
At 18, Sam was on the path to achieve great success and wealth. At 25, he had lost everything and everyone around him.At 33, he was content with a simpler, less ambitious life. But something else happened in the middle. At 25, just as he lost everything, he had two visitors: His 18 and 33 year old selves. For Sam, the question of “if you could go back, would you try to change your life?” just became reality.
Writers James Culbert, Charlie Hanson, Luke Holmes & Simon T Gleeson Directors Ava Stangherlin & Nick Radinoff Lighting Designer Luke Holmes Sound Designer James Culbert Dramaturge Nicole Dimitriadis Producer Demitra Alexandria Sealy Stage Manager Peter Hoekstra-Bass
James Culbert Simon T Gleeson Charlie Hanson Luke Holmes
It’s so easy to encourage ambitions – when they don’t directly affect our own.In any relationship, there exists a delicate balance of power. A balance reliant upon sharing: of ourselves, our brightest hopes, darkest fears, and deepest desires.But when success for someone else tips the scale of power away from you, how do you choose between following your ambitions, and destroying those of others?
Writer Luke Holmes Director Sepy Baghaei Lighting and Sound Designer Luke Holmes Production Designer Amy Green Dramaturge Nicole Dimitriadis Producer Danica Burch Production Manager Stef Lindwall Stage Manager Laura Farran
Nicole Dimitriadis Charlie Hanson Travis Kecek William Koutsoukis Brenton Layton Paul Musumeci Morgan Powell David Ross Lilian Shaddick