Forget Me Not
A co-commission with Everyman and Playhouse Theatres
By Tom Holloway
Director Anthea Williams
Set & Costume Designer Dan Potra
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Belvoir St Theatre | Upstairs
20 April – 19 May
Gerry is around 60 years old. His daughter Sally is fed up with him. He’s damaged and he’s doing damage. So she drags him to a social worker to finally get to the bottom of his childhood migration from Liverpool.
Mary is in her 80s, she lives alone in a small flat in Liverpool. She has never given up hope that her son will come home.
Forget Me Not started life as a conversation between Belvoir and Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. Tom Holloway (Love Me Tender, Beyond the Neck) was commissioned to write a play based on the British-Australian child migrant scheme.
Between the end of World War II and 1970 over 3,000 children were taken from the UK and brought to live in institutions in Australia. These children were told their parents were dead; this was almost never true. They were forcibly taken from poor families and single mothers. They were promised a land of sunshine and oranges, where they would ride horses to school and never go hungry. Instead they were sent to work farms where they were at best unloved and at worst horribly abused.
Holloway has not created a period drama. He has crafted a contemporary story about people today, living with the consequences of this program. He has written a series of raw, often achingly beautiful conversations between members of a scattered family. Drawing the whole thing together is Gerry’s extraordinary, precarious bid to finally learn what it means to love and belong to a family.
Colin Moody (Measure for Measure) is Gerry, Mandy McElhinney (Howzat! Channel Nine) is his daughter, Sally, and Liverpudlian actor Eileen O’Brien is Mary. Oscar Redding (Van Dieman’s Land) plays Mark, the social worker helping this family put its pieces back together.
Belvoir’s Literary Manager Anthea Williams (Old Man) directs this powerful play about love and finding a place you can call home.
Notes for Editors
Dates 20 April – 19 May
Previews Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April
Opening night Wednesday 24 April
Sunday Forum 3pm 12 May
Unwaged Performance Thursday 16 May
Times Tuesday 6.30pm | Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 5pm
Tickets Full $65 | Seniors/Industry/Group $55 | Concession $45
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or belvoir.com.au
Production images by Lisa Tomasetti – download
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman – download
Hero image by Gary Heery – download
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