Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Critical Stages Touring
Written by Katy Warner
Directed by Sarah Goodes
Assistant Director and Dramaturg Ella Caldwell
Dramaturg Tom Healey
Set and Costume Design Jacob Battista and Sophie Woodward
Lighting Design Harry Hogan
Lighting Mentor Paul Jackson
Featuring performances from: Kate Cole, Jillian Murray, Mia Tuco
Hero image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography
Production images by Jodie Hutchinson
Told through the relationship of three generations of women, GRACE is a world premiere Australian drama about motherhood, finding happiness, and the myths we make to survive.
Grace is a sharp investigation of motherhood, fairy tales, and the notion of that women should put family before fulfilment. In development throughout 2021/2022, it is an excellent example of contemporary text-based, character-driven theatre.
Using a pressure-cooker structure setting of one room in a limited, linear timeframe, the piece focuses on the relationship between a grandmother, mother and grand/daughter. The piece uses realistic dialogue with moments of poetics and prose. It explores memory and remembrance, and the fairy-tales we tell ourselves and each other.
Available to Tour
Suitable for 16+
2 hours with interval (TBC)
Theatre, Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box, Studio
Bump in and perform same day
3 performers and 1 crew (TBC)
What They’re Saying
LIMELIGHT – ★★★★
“Lovers of theatre will find much to savour”
TIME OUT – ★★★★
“Katy Warner’s insightful and potent new play tackles forbidden territory. What of the women who do not see motherhood as their destiny? What of those that chose that path and regretted it? What of the daughters who were left behind? This fraught territory, so-oft depicted in dark fairy tale form as the way of a wicked witch, writhes in an extraordinary way around Warner’s work.“
“We are enthralled by what is at once a profoundly theatrical experience, but one that also feels somehow cinematic.”
THE AGE – ★★★1/2 Cameron Woodhead
“You could watch the ripples of wit in Warner’s opening scene all night, the characterisation is so intricate… you never for a minute doubt that these two women have known and loved each other all their lives – a task made easier by Warner’s sharp ear for the contradictions that underscore familial love.”
“Grace is a multi-generational family drama that sees notable local acting, directing and writing talent converge in a single production – a happy conjunction that’s rarer than anyone cares to think about.”
New Drama Lovers: contemporary theatre fans interested in new Australian stories.
Red Stitch Audiences: Red Stitch tour annually and continue to build an audience for their productions in communities nationally, and particularly in Victoria.
Intergenerational: the work is a great opportunity to invite intergenerational audiences to experience this story together.
Good to Know
- Award-winning creative team
- A fantastic cast drawn from the incredibly strong ensemble that make up Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre
- Community engagement potential in the intergenerational nature of the work
- World Premiere Tour
KATY WARNER – PLAYWRIGHT
Katy studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, receiving a Master of Writing for Performance in 2012. Her plays have been presented inAustralia, New Zealand and the UK. She is an AWGIE winner (Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside), recipient of the Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Emerging Writer (These are the isolate) and two-time nominee for a Green Room award for new writing (A Prudent Man and Spencer). Her play, nest, was long-listed for Theatre503 Playwriting Awards (UK). Her children’s play, The Meme and the Moon, was shortlisted for the Martin Lysicrates Prize. And she was shortlisted in 2019 and 2020 for Lysicrates Prize (Appropriate and The Party). Katy is a writer with the Red Stitch Theatre Company’s INK Program. In 2018, she presented a new work, K, as part of the MTC Cybec Electric Readings season.
SARAH GOODES – DIRECTOR
For the past 4 years Sarah Goodes has been the Associate Artistic Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. Before this she was a Resident Director at the Sydney Theatre Company for 4 years. She is an award-winning theatre director recognised for bringing over 15 new Australian works to the mainstage. She was Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company from 2013 to 2016. In 2018, Sarah won the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play for her work on Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children which opened at Melbourne Theatre Company and transferred to Sydney Theatre Company. The Children won 3 Helpmann Awards – Best Direction of a Play, Best Play and Best Female Actor.
Sarah directed the award-winning production of the world premiere of Joanna Murray Smith’s Switzerland for Sydney Theatre Company which toured to MTC the following year. Her production of The Hanging was nominated for Best Mainstage Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards. Sarah’s production of Golden Shield for Melbourne Theatre Company received 7 nominations at the 2020 Green Room Awards. Sarah is a graduate of both the University of New South Wales with majors in Literature and Theatre (final year at San Diego at UCSD where she performed with San Diego Rep) and the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) in Directing. Sarah has taught and directed at the Australian Theatre for Young People and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
About Red Stich Actors Theatre
Red Stitch exists to advance the vitality of theatre in Australia by nurturing artists and promoting integrity in theatre-craft. The ensemble of actors and creatives who comprise the company endeavour to produce the best in contemporary playwriting from around the world’ to enrich the craft of acting and script development in this country; and to sustain a unique organisational model – one that puts artists at the centre of it’s practice.
Established in 2002, they perform contemporary Australian plays and award-winning new writing from around the world in their intimate Melbourne venue, and in venues across the country. They also play a vital role in the development and presentation of new Australian works through their unique INK playwriting program, and offer opportunities for theatre-makers at all stages of their careers to hone and develop their craft.
With a national reputation for the quality of their work, Red Stitch remains at the forefront of contemporary Australian theatre practice. For more information head to www.redstitch.net