Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by. Renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to another with his pal Doc.
Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps…
Conor McPherson’s New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. An Irish story with a universal message, The Night Alive has had critically acclaimed seasons in London, Dublin, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Co-founder of O’Punksky’s Theatre and acclaimed actor and director, Maeliosa Stafford (The Tempest, The Seafarer) will direct this Australian premiere production. Remaining co-founders Patrick Dickson (Richard III, The Seafarer) and John O’Hare (Mr Stink, The Seafarer) join the production alongside cast members Laurence Coy (Of Mice and Men, The Young Tycoons), Sarah Jane Kelly (Fawlty Towers Live, Threnody) and Darren Sabadina (The Heidi Chronicles, Ruben Guthrie).
Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright, screenwriter and director who was named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation’. He won an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 for The Weir and a George Devine Award for St Nicholas in 1997.
McPherson’s recent work includes an adaptation of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death. He received a Tony Award nomination for his play Shining City and an Olivier Award nomination for The Seafarer. His directing credits include The Veil for the National Theatre and The Eclipse, which marked his debut as a screen director.
“A spellbinding and absolutely gorgeous new play by one of the true poets of the theatre.” – Time Out (New York)
Director: Maeliosa Stafford Featuring: Laurence Coy, Patrick Dickson, Sarah Jane Kelly, John O’Hare, Darren Sabadina Assistant Director: Mathew Lee Set Design: Alison Bradshaw and Patrick Dickson Lighting Design: Martin Kinnane Costume Design: Alison Bradshaw Sound Design: Matt Osborne and Maeliosa Stafford Stage Manager: Bronte Schuftan Producer: Hillary Ray
The Night Alive
Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
Season: 16 September – 14 October 2017 (previews: 13 – 15 September)
Information and Bookings: www.redlineproductions.com.au
Image: courtesy of O’Punksky’s Theatre