Redline Productions & Critical Stages productions
Cast Septimus Caton, Joanna Downing, Alan Dukes, Robin Goldsworthy, Martin Jacobs, Ashley Lyons and Justin Stewart Cotta
Director Toby Schmitz
Assistant Director Andrew Henry
Set Designer Anna Gardiner
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Sound Designer Jed Silver
A debt collector, a drag queen, a rogue chemist and a manic-depressive walk into a pub…
This Much Is True continues the story of Lewis from Summer of the Aliens and Cosi. Now he’s older, a writer and lives in an inner-city suburb filled with public housing, the underclass and characters who could only exist in such a place. He attends the 150-year-old hotel, The Rising Sun, where he mixes with the locals, including an ice chemist, a once famous drag queen, a violent debt collector, a con man, a manic depressive and a fixer.
These stories are true.
This Much Is True is Louis Nowra’s first play since 2006, commissioned by Red Line Productions for a season at the Old Fitz Theatre which sold out before it opened. Nowra is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter and his theatrical works have been performed by every major theatre company in Australia.
Available to Tour
110 minutes, no interval
Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor Hall
Old Fitzroy Theatre 2017
What people are saying
“…this is an achievement everyone involved can be proud of and audiences should be banging the door down for tickets. A bit of history is being made and a gorgeous entertainment is to be had by all. Recommended without reservation.”
Diana Simmonds – StageNoise
“Nowra’s characters are all beautifully observed and the zippy dialogue feels utterly authentic, laced with wonder turns-of-phrase and plenty of humour. Director Toby Schmitz and assistant director Andrew Henry get the most from an exceptionally fine cast, all of whom totally inhabit the characters they play.
Jo Litson – Sunday Telegraph
“[The] cast are all excellent, painting characters that you could describe as larger-than-life, but for the fact that they are so truthful. ★★★★”
Ben Neutze – Daily Review
What people are saying
“Whether you’ve ever had a drink at the Old Fitz, or any traditional Australian pub, or are simply intrigued by the stories of people whose voices are rarely heard without derision, This Much Is True will definitely entertain and amuse. Do not miss this fabulous production and its stellar cast in the location that inspired it.”
Jade Kops – Broadway World
“Eight brilliant performers are assembled to create an underground world for our delectation. The ensemble is imaginative, adventurous and bold, and they each take the opportunity to showcase extraordinary skill and talent, at a standard that makes us fall in love with the theatre all over again.” Suzy Wrong – Suzy Goes See
“It’s a theatrical and historic treat to see This Much Is True in the very place of its imagining, but this local gem will surely travel far.”
Martin Portus – Stage Whispers
“This Much Is True weaves considerable magic from tall tales, little tragedies, and the sentimental glow Nowra casts over his characters. Take two glasses of your poison down to the theatre instead of one. Settle in and surrender. ★★★½”
Jason Blake – Sydney Morning Herald
- First new play in over 10 years from one of Australia’s most renowned and celebrated playwrights, Louis Nowra in over 10 years, continuing the story of his most highly acclaimed iconic works COSI and SUMMER OF THE ALIENS.
- Extraordinary critical response.
- World premiere season at the Old Fitzroy Hotel sold out before it had even opened.
- Superb performances and creative team led by director Toby Schmnitz.