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 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 Cory Bernardi’s and Pauline Hanson’s 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 to Melbourne Fringe having won the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Kids Show for her Green Room Nominated play Reasons to Stay Inside. Her 2013 Melbourne Fringe play Dropped was nominated for two Green Room Awards and will be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, while One Hundred and Fifty Seconds won the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.
Lyall Brooks most recently appeared in the Helpmann Award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), Savages by Patricia Cornelius (fortyfivedownstairs), The Heretic (MTC) and The Pride for Red Stitch Actors Theatre. He has received three Green Room award nominations for Savages, The Pride and The Thing About Men (Magnormos).
A Prudent Man
Fringe Hub: Arts House – Rehearsal Room, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 17 September – 1 October 2016 (preview: 16 September)
For more information, visit: www.labkelpie.com for details.
Image: Lyall Brooks stars in A Prudent Man – photo by Pier Carthew