Corruption. Politics. Loyalty. Fear. Mate. Brother. Ally. Don’t look away. Multi award-winning writer and director Aidan Fennessy (What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, National Interest) makes a long-awaited return to Red Stitch, with the Victorian premiere of his own play The Way Things Work – a wicked and topical satire about men, power, bribery and blackmail and the lengths they’ll go to.
Minister Barlow is in it deep – he has overseen the construction of the multi-million dollar Western Link Tunnel via a public-private partnership. Whilst he has brought it in on time and on budget, there’s just one little problem… special concrete.
This frighteningly accurate and devastatingly funny representation of corruption follows the men involved as it travels from high public office, through the private sector and finally into the criminal class. Directed by Aidan Fennessy, The Way Things Work will feature Red Stitch ensemble member Joe Petruzzi alongside guest actor Peter Houghton.
“If you’ve ever wanted to peek behind the closed doors of parliament, eavesdrop on crooks and highrollers, and find out what it takes to make it to the top, go see this. Hell, see it anyway… it’s bloody good.” – Concrete Playground
Director: Aidan Fennessy Featuring: Peter Houghton, Joe Petruzzi Set and Costumes: Aidan Fennessy Lighting: Matt Scott Sound: Russell Goldsmith Production and Stage Manager: Shae Attril
The Way Things Work
Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel Street, East St. Kilda
Season: 4 February – 5 March 2017 (previews: 31 January – 3 February)
Information and Bookings: www.redstitch.net
Image: Joe Petruzzi and Peter Houghton feature in The Way Things Work – photo by Earl Carter