Writer Tommy Murphy
Director David Berthold
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Projection Design Vexran Productions
25 February – 2 April 2017
Australian woman Mary-Ellen Field was a successful business advisor in London when she was accused of being an alcoholic and leaking private information to the press, destroying her career in the process.
Several years later when it’s discovered that journalists and investigators from Rupert Murdoch’s News International have been hacking the phones of celebrities and other people of interest, Mary-Ellen sets out to prove that this was the source of the leaked information.
Meanwhile in Australia, veteran journalist Mark Colvin is covering the phone hacking story and reaches out to Mary-Ellen after hearing her interviewed. An unlikely friendship ensues and when Mary-Ellen learns of Mark’s medical condition she becomes set on a donation that offers them both a kind of salvation.
Mary-Ellen is a fascinating character. She’s deeply establishment while being wildly idiosyncratic. Her determination to do something beautiful in a time of cynicism and corruption is utterly compelling and Helpmann Award-winning actor Sarah Peirse brings her vividly to life.
Director David Berthold (Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival) returns to Sydney to direct this new play by Tommy Murphy following their highly acclaimed collaboration on Holding the Man.
Notes for Editors
Previews 25, 26 & 28 February
Opening 1 March
Captions 2pm 25 March
Unwaged 2pm 30 March
Audio–described 2pm 1 April
Tickets* Full $72, Senior $62, Conces. $49 Previews $40
*Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.
Box Office 02 9699 3444
A co-commission with Playwriting Australia
Mark Colvin’s Kidney transfers to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 5-8 April 2017
Hero image by Daniel Boud – download
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman – download
Production images by Brett Boardman – download
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