Savages 2Multi award-winning playwright Patricia Cornelius has created a dynamic new Australian play – Savages – that will premiere at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs from 16 August – 8 September 2013.

From the writer of the AWGIE award-winning play Do not go gentle…, Savages is a cautionary tale about a group of ordinary mates who don’t really know themselves or what they can become – it is a tough look at masculinity and misogyny.

Four friends embark on the holiday of a life time – but their excitement is soured by anger, bitterness and the disappointment of their own lives … as the pack forms, the dark side of mateship takes over.

Described by critics as “one of the most acute observers of the contemporary social condition” – Patricia Cornelius confronts the realities and nuances of contemporary social behaviour with engaging characters and poetic text.

Director Susie Dee describes the language in Savages as highly rhythmic and sharp with bites of humour throughout, “Patricia is unafraid to tackle subjects that are taboo or difficult – she is a deep thinker who wears her heart on her sleeve and speaks her mind with candour and fluidity.”

Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee have an established working collaboration since the 1980s including many projects with the Melbourne Workers Theatre and more recently The Berry Man at Hothouse Theatre (2010) and Taxi for the Big West Festival (2011), which received Green Room awards and nominations in a number of categories.

Director: Susie Dee  Featuring: Lyall Brooks, Luke Elliot, James O’Connell and Mark Tregonning  Playwright: Patricia Cornelius  Set and costume design: Marg Horwell  Lighting design: Andy Turner  Sound design: Kelly Ryall  Stage management: Claire Shepherd

fortyfivedownstairs – 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Season: 16 August – 8 September 2013
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