A Critical Stages and Arthur production
AVAILABLE TO TOUR 2018
Written By Elise Hearst & Andrea James
Directed By Paige Rattray
CAST Elise Hearst, Andrea James, Kevin Kiernan-Molloy, Shari Sebbens & Guy Simon
DRAMATURG Emma Valente
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Olivia Satchell
DESIGNER Romanie Harper
SOUND DESIGN/COMPOSITION Tom Hogan
LIGHTING DESIGN Emma Valente
CHOREOGRAPHER Kurt Phelan
From Austria to Australia, new Australian play BRIGHT WORLD is a rich cross-cultural adventure where Jewish and Indigenous Australian worlds collide.
1938. Europe burns. Young Jewish lovers Hans and Alice narrowly escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
Across the world, Australian Indigenous activist William Cooper leads protesters to the front door of Melbourne’s German Consulate to protest against Germany’s Nazi government. In an admirable act of cross-cultural solidarity with other victims of persecution, Cooper has one message—the repression of the Jewish people must end.
Almost eight decades later, two female playwrights—one the granddaughter of Hans and Alice and the other a descendent of Cooper—come together to explore their diverse, yet strangely intertwined cultural heritages.
"An imaginative and time-shuffling production... Instead of being something that happened in the past to others, it is vividly here, now and - crucially - us." The Australian
"Eye-opening, daring, sobering and even heartwarming, Bright World is one hell of a trip. Zips along with tight, pacy dialogue, nuanced reversals and suspense. Coupled with Paige Rattray’s awe-inspiring direction, the result is thrilling." Artshub
|Previous Season:||April 2016 Theatreworks : http://www.theatreworks.org.au/whatson/event/?id=273|
|Genre:||Drama suited to audiences from upper secondary to adult with strong educational tie-ins.|
|Suits:||Proscenium Arch, Black Box Studio|
|Minimum Stage:||TBA (flexible)|