Re-imagining the true case of Eugenia Falleni AKA Harry Crawford, a father, husband and alleged murderer that scandalised 1920s Sydney exploring ideas of gender, perversion and complicity, Siren Theatre Co. presents the Sydney premiere of The Trouble with Harry at the Seymour Centre from 18 February 2017.
Harry Crawford – born a biological woman Eugenia Falleni – lived in Sydney as a man and married twice. He, his wife Annie, and her son, lead an ordinary life in the suburbs of 1920s Sydney. Until a knock at the door and the arrival of a young woman sets in train a series of events that will result in an astounding revelation – and, ultimately, sow the seeds of bloody murder.
This play creates a world which is both of historic detail and very deliberately now. Philpott’s fierce political intelligence ignites a flame for all who are forced to live a lie. Lachlan’s poised poetic text overlaps, interweaves, dances with intelligent observation and searing drama. This is a rollicking good yarn and a breathtaking peek into the souls and lives of others.
Under the astute direction of Kate Gaul, this cracking cast promise ferocious performances and a theatrical world where we can imagine Harry and the social mores that moulded and haunted his every waking moment.
“Without doubt, this is the best new play to come out of this country in a long while… A play that is unafraid to navigate the clichés of the Aussie period drama, that cuts into our cultural prejudice and unresolved gender assumptions…” – Time Out Melbourne
Director: Kate Gaul Featuring: Thomas Campbell, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Jodie Le Vesconte, Jonas Thomson, Niki Owen, Jane Phegan Designer: Alice Morgan Composer & Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson Lighting Designer: Matt Cox Movement Consultant: Natalia Ladyko Stage Manager: Zara Thompson
The Trouble with Harry
Reginald Theatre – Seymour Centre, Corner City Road & Cleveland Street, Chippendale (Sydney)
Season: 18 February – 3 March 2017 (previews: 16 & 17 February)
For more information, visit: www.sirentheatreco.com for details.
Image: Harry Crawford (aka Eugenia Falleni) – NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice and Police Museum, Sydney Living Museums