The WA premiere of this work, celebrating community and hope, was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and mesmerised audiences in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. A vicar and leader of a community choir searches for answers after a violent act threatens the ideals that sustain her beloved community.
by David Greig
21 JUN to 08 JUL
The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and Clare Watson was instrumental in bringing this mesmerising theatre work to Australia in 2016, to direct its premiere for the Sydney Festival. After successful seasons in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, this acclaimed production is set to have its Perth premiere.
One of Australia’s most powerful actors, Catherine McClements (Water Rats, Rush), plays Claire, a vicar and leader of a community choir that regularly meet in a local town hall. When a young man enters the hall and opens fire, her beloved community – and the ideals that sustain it – is blown apart.
Set in the wake of the tragedy, a conversation unfolds between Claire and the young man. She is unpacking her rage, her fears and ultimately, her forgiveness. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within and a lost generation. In an era of uncertainty and inexplicable events, questions are asked and resolutions sought. Could he have been stopped?
David Greig (Midsummer: A Play with Songs) has written a beautiful story of hope and healing. The Events will be performed with a diﬀerent Perth community choir at each performance. It is an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.
“[the] community chorus—the ‘one big crazy tribe’— lifted the show...finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.” Daily Review
DIRECTOR Clare Watson
SET & LIGHTING DESIGNER Geoff Cobham
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Luke Byrne
COMPOSER John Browne
CAST INCLUDES Johnny Carr, Catherine McClements, Perth community choirs
WARNING Adult themes, strong language.
A Belvoir, Malthouse and State Theatre Company of South Australia production, presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company
Black Swan State Theatre Company presents
THE EVENTS by David Greig
DATES: 21 JUN to 08 JUL 2018
VENUE: Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
WARNING: Adult themes, strong language.
Prices: $35.00 to $55.00
Book via http://www.bsstc.com.au
More information at https://www.bsstc.com.au/plays/the-events
Date: Thu 21 Jun 2018
Time: 08:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: 174-176 William St, Perth 6000