Exploring the fate of one gloriously dysfunctional Australian family across a weekend of love, laughs and pain, Lab Kelpie presents the return season of Katy Warner’s comedy-drama, Spencer, at Gasworks Arts Park from 4 July, before embarking on a national tour.
Spencer tells the story of a tight-knit family led by single-mum matriarch Marilyn and her three adult children – wayward daughter Jules, mouthy coulda-been Ben and AFL player and golden-boy Scott.
About to meet the young son – Spencer – he never knew he had, Scott and the family have returned home to help mark the occasion. With the surprise appearance of the father they barely remember, the entire family is forced to work together to clean up both the house and their own fractured relationships as the clock ticks down to Spencer’s arrival.
Employing classic Australian vernacular and the penchant for humour to explore issues of self-acceptance, identity and depression, Spencer asks us to consider how much our family defines who we are, and whether we ever really grow up…
Following rave reviews and audience feedback from its world premiere season in 2017, Spencer was nominated for two Green Room Awards in 2018 for Writing (playwright Katy Warner) and Performance (actor Lyall Brooks, previously seen in Lab Kelpie’s production of A Prudent Man) and comes to Gasworks Arts Park ahead of its national tour – this is modern story-telling at its best!
“Katy Warner has written a gem of a play, which the cast and Director, Sharon Davis, have made shine.” – Australian Arts Review
Director: Sharon Davis Featuring: Lyall Brooks, Jamieson Caldwell, Jane Clifton, Fiona Harris, Roger Oakley Designers: Rob Sowinski, Bryn Cullen Stage / Production Manager: Tanje Ruddick: Playwright: Katy Warner Producer: Adam Fawcett
Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Season: 4 – 5 July 2019
Following its Gasworks season, Spencer will tour embark on a national tour. For more information, including venues and performance dates, visit: www.labkelpie.com for details.
Image: Lab Kelpie presents Spencer – photo by Pier Carthew