Michael Gow’s Away is an extraordinary and moving story of family, community, awakening and forgiveness. The 30th Anniversary of this seminal Australian work is marked by a powerful and inventive new production from Sport For Jove on the stages of the Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre and Sydney’s Seymour Centre in June.
This epic and intimate story of family renewal, death and awakening is brought to life with an exceptional ensemble cast, offering theatre goers a must-see experience. The coming of age story of Tom and Meg and their families celebrates a lost time and place in 1960s Australia that still expresses our deepest national, social and personal anxieties today.
“Michael Gow’s Away is a seminal work of the Australian playwriting canon,” says Director Damien Ryan. “The plays wide-ranging resonance comes as no surprise. It combines theatrical largess with a truly authentic capturing of the Australian voice. It is heartfelt and domestic, whilst simultaneously magic and elemental.”
“It has a scale of experience; three families are dealing with the consequence of loss; past, present and future. Whilst other characters orbit around them, clinging onto their own fragile constructions of reality, as the tide threatens to wash it all away.”
Michael Gow has extensive writing credits for stage, screen and radio. Best known for his multi-award winning play, Away, Other works include: include The Kid, The Astronaut’s Wife, On Top of the World, Europe, 1841, All Stops Out, Furious, Sweet Phoebe, Live Acts on Stage, Up Here, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, Toy Symphony, and Once in Royal David’s City.
For television he has written the mini-series Eden’s Lost, and Art’n’Life. He also adapted his play Europe for radio and wrote The Astronaut’s Wife for ABC Radio. The recipient of numerous awards, Gow is also a noted director, and was Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company for many years.
Co-Directors: Samantha Young & Damien Ryan Featuring: Georgia Scott, James Bell, Sarah Woods, Berynn Schwerdt, Angela Bauer, Michael Cullen, Amy Usherwood, Danielle King, Christopher Tomkinson, Christopher Stalley, Eloise Winestock, Lizzie Schebesta, George Banders Set Designer: Lucilla Smith Costume Designer: Jonathan Hindmarsh Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman Lighting Associate: Daniel Barber Sound Designer: Steve Francis Technical Manager: Ryan Patrick Devlin Stage Manager: Bronte Axam Assistant Stage Managers: Katherine Holmes, Lauren Holmes
Riverside Theatre, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Season: 2 – 6 June 2016
Bookings: (02) 8839 3399 or online at: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
York Theatre – Seymour Centre, Corner City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Season: 22 – 25 June 2016
Bookings: (02) 9351 7940 or online at: www.seymourcentre.com
For more information, visit: www.sportforjove.com.au for details.
Image: James Bell and Georgia Scott feature in AWAY – photo by Maryna Rothe