A conservative politician, a leader, a man in a snappy suit, an athlete in a bad tracksuit. Meet A Prudent Man – an amalgamation of the right-wing politician that haunts us all. Written and directed by WA’s own Katy Warner and performed by Lyall Brooks, this timely production takes an unapologetic look at a man in control of everything on the edge.
This man has some things he needs to get off his chest. This man has some things he needs you to hear. And by God you’re going to sit up and listen! A darkly comic mixture of the Howard’s, the Abbott’s, the Cameron’s and the Thatcher’s of the world, A Prudent Man looks at what it means to be a decent human being, and what it means to be right – in more ways than one.
What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly? This is not a show about one politician or political event, this is a speculative piece inspired by real life events and people.
Writer and director Katy Warner returns home to WA having recently won the 2016 AWGIE for Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside and the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for One Hundred and Fifty Seconds. Her 2013 Melbourne Fringe play Dropped was nominated for two Green Room Awards and performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Performer Lyall Brooks most recently appeared in the Helpmann Award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Heretic (MTC) and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). He has received three Green Room award nominations for Patricia Cornelius’ Savages, The Pride (Red Stitch Actors Theatre) and The Thing About Men (Magnormos). Recent TV appearances include Neighbours and HBO’s The Leftovers.
“Katy Warner’s script was tremendous. Lyall Brooks was brilliant… This was lean portrayal, nothing wasted. Every gesture, and slip and shuffle in his seat – all of it served the story. This was really a great work.” – David Collins, Australian Arts Review
Winner: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – People’s Choice Award / Winner: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – WA Tour Ready Award / Nominated: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – Best Performance
A Prudent Man
The Shambles – Perth Cultural Centre, James St, Northbridge (Perth)
Season: 1 – 6 February 2017
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Image: Lyall Brooks features in A Prudent Man – photo by Pier Carthew