Considered to be one of the great Irish plays of the last century, Tom Murphy’s masterpiece, The Gigli Concert is a fiercely satirical and beautifully crafted play about the endurance of the human spirit and the ability to achieve the impossible.
JPW King is a quack psychiatrist with an insatiable taste for vodka. The reoccurring question is how to get through each day. Then a mysterious Irishman walks into his office wanting to sing like the great Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli.
Directed by John O’Hare (The Seafarer), the cast includes Patrick Dickson (Carson’s Law, Rake) as JPW King, Maeliosa Stafford (Faith Healer) as the mysterious Irishman, and Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters) as Mona.
Director John O’Hare is thrilled to be working with a true ensemble of great actors on what is arguably Tom Murphy’s dramatic masterwork. “For me The Gigli Concert is a reflection of all that I am and potentially could be,” said O’Hare.
“This is a comedy with a Faustian pact at its heart. It is a wicked celebration of despair, which at the same time reminds me of the power of friendship to heal the deepest wounds.”
Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Glenn Terry is very proud to be working with O’Punksky’s again. “John O’Hare, Patrick Dickson and Maeliosa Stafford are outstanding artists in their own right.”
“Each has a professional theatre career and they come together as O’Punksky’s to create theatre that they feel deeply connected to, and passionate about and they deliver standout productions of Irish drama.”
O’Punksky’s Theatre is a company rich in creativity, resilience and resourcefulness. The directors are all founding members and all act, direct, design, write and produce. They’ve been producing plays since 1990, with hits such as Winter’s Discontent, Bailegangaire and The Cavalcaders and first performed The Gigli Concert at the Old Fitzroy in 1999.
Director: John O’Hare Featuring: Patrick Dickson, Kim Lewis and Maeliosa Stafford Set Designer: Gordon Burns Costume Designer: Alison Bradshaw Lighting Designer: Tony Youlden Stage and Production Manager: Erin Harvey
The Gigli Concert
Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Previews: 4 – 6 April 2014
Season: 8 April – 4 May 2014
Bookings: (02) 8356 9987 or online at: www.darlinghursttheatre.com
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Image: Patrick Dickson and Maeliosa Stafford – by Frank Furrugia