Having premiered over 15 years ago and enjoying a successful tour of Edinburgh and New York, the team at Red Line Productions is excited to be returning Brendan Cowell’s Men to its original home at the Old Fitz Theatre this July.
Three men. One woman. One hour. As time ticks to a close the best and the worst of these three males comes blaring out under the watch of their mother figure. Who will win? Who will survive? Who will prevail as man? A nerve-bending exposé of what it is to be a guy, with a twist that will leave you breathless.
This crudely dark comedy will star one of Red Line Productions’ co-Artistic Directors, Sean Hawkins (2014 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in an Independent Production for Howie the Rookie) alongside Ben O’Toole (Love Child, The Water Diviner, Mojo, Freak Winds), Jamie Timony (Sleeping Beauty, Eye of The Storm) and Cheree Cassidy (ABC’s The Time Of Our Lives, The Boys, Underbelly: The Golden Mile – nominated for the AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama). Jessica Tuckwell (Bell Shakespeare, Griffin, NIDA) will be directing the production and applying a woman’s touch to this insight into the male psyche.
Brendan Cowell is an acclaimed Australian actor, playwright and screenwriter. Men is his first play, which premiered at the Old Fitz in 2000. His most recent play The Sublime premiered at MTC last year and has been nominated for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and Ruben Guthrie, that premiered at Belvoir before seasons at La Boite, Silo Theatre in Auckland, and Red Stitch, has been made into a feature film written and directed by Brendan, and opened the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.
Brendan wrote two episodes of ABC’s The Slap, one of which won an AACTA Award for best screenplay and was also nominated for an AWGIE. The series was also nominated for a Logie Award, BAFTA Award and International Emmy Award. Two of the eight episodes he wrote for Love My Way, in which his performance was nominated for numerous Logie Awards, were nominated for Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. As an actor, he’s performed with most of Australia’s major theatre companies, and has appeared in many television series and feature films.
“Men is a confronting, outlandish and lewd dissection of maleness that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure.” – The Age
Director: Jessica Tuckwell Featuring: Cheree Cassidy, Sean Hawkins, Ben O’Toole and Jamie Timony Playwright: Brendan Cowell Designer: Tess Dorman Lighting Design: Alex Berlage Sound Design: Jed Silver Stage Manager: Genevieve Muratore Producer: Red Line Productions
Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street (Corner Cathedral Street), Woolloomooloo
Season: 30 June – 25 July 2015
For more information, visit: www.oldfitztheatre.com for details.
Image: Ben O’Toole