Brutality in the workplace, rage in the streets, seething in the home. The vulnerability of political parties when they’ve forgotten why they’re there.

How power corrupts. When it premiered in 1983, The Blind Giant is Dancing felt like a sharp slap in the face. And in an age of ICAC, Union credit cards, speculative housing bubbles, vapid leadership representing a disengaged polity… it’s definitely time for another look at this Australian classic.

Allen Fitzgerald (Dan Spielman) is a true idealist and committed activist for the working class left. When he becomes embroiled in party politics, his idealism clashes head on with the pragmatism of a party machine that abandoned his steel-worker father. As neo-conservatism and market forces seduce the centre of his party, Allen is left with nothing to believe in, in his professional or personal life.

‘This play was written at a really critical moment in Australian history, when the economy was changing from a post-war manufacturing base into the kind of economy we have now, where the working class has been decimated and destroyed,’ said playwright Stephen Sewell. ‘Now we’re in a massively important historical moment, where we are living the end result of the neo-conservative revolution that we witness happening in the play.’

Yael Stone (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Diary of a Madman) returns to the Belvoir stage after worldwide success in the multi award-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Dan Spielman (The Code, ABC1) will make his Belvoir debut alongside an impressive cast including Ivan Donato (A Christmas Carol), Russell Kiefel (The Business), Emma Jackson (Food), Genevieve Lemon (Seventeen), Zahra Newman (Ivanov) and Geoff Morrell (Ruben Guthrie).

New Artistic Director Eamon Flack (Ivanov, The Glass Menagerie) begins his tenure directing a company of eleven of the country’s great actors in one of the country’s great plays.

Notes for Editors

13 February – 20 March 2016
8pm Saturday 13 February
6.30pm Sunday 14 February
8pm Tuesday 16 February
Opening Night
8pm Wednesday 17 February
Unwaged Performance
2pm Thursday 25 February
Captioned Performance
2pm Saturday 5 March
Audio Described Performance
2pm Saturday 12 March
Sunday Forum
3pm 20 March
Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm
Full from $72, Seniors/Industry/Group $62, Concession $49, Previews $40,
30-Down $47, Student Saver $37
* Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time.
Upstairs Theatre
Belvoir St Theatre
25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Box Office
02 9699 3444

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Rehearsal images by Brett Boardmandownload

Production images by Brett Boardmandownload

Cast List


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