Darlinghurst Theatre Broken photo by Helen WhiteThe first drama to win one of the most prestigious and sought after awards in Australia, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Literature, Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents the Sydney premiere season of Mary Anne Butler’s Broken at the Eternity Playhouse.

Broken is a haunting story of resilience and hope that taps straight into the heart of the Australian landscape. The play begins with a near fatal car crash on an isolated road in the Central Desert.

Ash is trapped in her car and is rescued by a stranger and in that moment of life and death a bond is formed and worlds collide. Stunning in its lyricism and truths about life and love, Broken is provocative storytelling at its best.

“When a theatrical work is such an inspiring piece of poetic literature it begs the question, why not simply read it? What can be offered to the world of the text by performing it?” says director Shannon Murphy. “This has been at the heart of our exploration of the work and so our approach has been to strip the production back to the basics of storytelling. Three people. Three voices. One space.”

“This is a story about people who are confronted with raw, difficult choices. Whose lives are unequivocally interrelated and woven together. If you met someone who made you feel alive again for the first time in a long while would you be prepared to risk everything for the chance of them?”

“This is exquisite writing. It’s immediate. It’s lean. It’s poetic. It’s visceral. It takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes.” – Andrew Bovell

Director: Shannon Murphy Featuring: Ivan Donato, Sarah Enright, Rarriwuy Hick Production Designer: Sophie Fletcher Lighting Designer: Ben Brockman Composer & Sound Designer: James Brown Stage Manager: Melanie Stanton

Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Season continues to 28 August 2016
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Image: Broken – photo by Helen White