Overview

Written by Conor McPherson
Director
Maeliosa Stafford
Set & Costume Designers 
Alison Bradshaw & Patrick Dickson
Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane
Sound Designer
Matt Osbourne
Cast
John O’Hare, Patrick Dickson, Sarah Jane Kelly, Laurence Coy, Darren Sabadina

“YOU ONLY GET A FEW GOES. AT LIFE. YOU DON’T GET ENDLESS GOES. TWO, THREE GOES MAYBE. WHEN YOU HIT THE RIGHT GROOVE YOU’LL CLICK RIGHT IN THERE…THIS IT IS.”

Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by. Renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arms length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to another with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.

Conor McPherson’s new play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.

Available to Tour

2020

Artform

Theatre, Drama

Audience

Suitable for audiences 15 and over. Occasional coarse language and adult themes.

Duration

120 minutes, plus interval

Minimum Stage

TBA

Previous Seasons

Old Fitz Theatre, 2018

What people are saying

★★★★ “This production, directed by Stafford, is yet another example of the world class theatre that’s going on in the bowels of the humble Old Fitzroy pub… The Night Alive is ultimately a bittersweet portrayal of lost souls looking for a way out. Its two hours go by in a flash.” Time Out

‘The performances are finely shaded……. O’Hare has the perfect measure of Tommy’s rumpled, unwashed charm. Kelly captures the beauty and the ugliness in her role and when Tommy and Aimee dance to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On?, you’ll feel your heart swell.” – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

“A fabulously entertaining and engaging interpretation of McPherson’s award winning play”  Broadway World

“O’Punksky’s Theatre production  is a genuinely beautiful show” Lisa Thatcher 

“With McPherson’s fascinating dialogue, the other side of the planet is turned immediate” – Suzy Goes See

What people are saying

“As writer and director, Mr. McPherson has planted in our minds a subliminal awareness of more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in any philosophy. By its end the play pulses with the possibility of redemption, if I may use a much-abused word. I do mean only the possibility; but even that nebulous hope kindles a glow, both warming and chilling, you rarely experience at the theatre.”[12] Ben Brantley, New York Times review of the 2013 Off-Broadway production. 

5 STARS! “The beauty of McPherson’s writing is that peripheral, shimmery weirdness, the tug at your sleeve of something so otherworldly and luminous, you can’t bear to turn around and look. What’s going on? A spellbinding and absolutely gorgeous new play by one of the true poets of the theater, that’s what.” David Cote wrote in Time Out of the production in New York

Selling Points

* This New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play is an Irish story with a universal message, that has had critically acclaimed seasons in London, Dublin, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

* Entertaining, moving and insightful drama, with endearing and instantly recognisable characters told with plenty of black comedy and an unlikely romance.

* Critically acclaimed and popular production in Sydney with outstanding reviews both for the play and for this production.

Community Engagement

The cast are very keen to offer acting workshops alongside the tour, with decades of experience in teaching acting across the cast including from lead performer and highly experienced acting lecturer John O’Hare.

Q & As are available post-show. 

An Education Pack will be made available for upper secondary students