Harry Joy is the blessed Australian – a childhood of mystical innocence, a home stuffed with love, he brings a smile to all he meets. Then, one warm afternoon on the front lawn, he dies. It’s only for a few minutes – he’s revived. But the world he wakes to is changed; his wife, children and friends all now seem avaricious monsters. And so it dawns on Harry Joy: he hasn’t survived his heart attack at all. He is in Hell.
Enter Honey Barbara, a hippie from the rainforest, wise to the ways of the big city. She and Harry melt back into the verdant bush, where their children tell a story of a Paradise Found.
Peter Carey’s classic novel performed by a terrific ensemble cast. Entertaining and a little bit epic, it might just offer a vision of hope…
A co-production with Malthouse Theatre
Warning: This production contains strong adult themes, sexual and drug references and coarse language.
Mark Coles Smith
By Peter Carey
Adapted for the stage by Tom Wright
Director Matthew Lutton
Set & Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Sound Designer & Composer Stefan Gregory
Stage Manager Brooke Kiss
Assistant Stage Manager Erin Shaw
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
8pm, 9 June
6.30pm, 10 June
8pm, 12 June
Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 13 June
19 June, directly following the performance
1pm, 5 July
2pm, 12 July
2pm, 14 July
6.30pm, 14 June
Approx. 2 hours & 45 mins inc. interval
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This work has so much to say about our country, our sexism, our health and our values that it is impossible to leave without being affected and thinking about its multi-layered messages.Herald Sun
…I loved it, because the actors are committed and strong which is in part a tribute to their craft and that of the director…Stage Noise
…pacey direction by Matthew Lutton and an ensemble cast that crackles with talent and energy.Australian Book Review
The next laugh is never far away. Bliss is definitely for an Australian audience…
…nobody misses a beat…An enriching adventure.Stage Whispers
[Tom] Wright has brought the story up to date by amplifying the theme of gender equality and giving the two main female characters, Bettina Joy and Honey Barbara, equal weight with Harry.Australian Stage
Toby Truslove hits the right notes as Harry: an easy-going confidence, flecked with comic confusion and mild alarm…Limelight Magazine
Marg Horwell’s set, given shape and mood by Paul Jackson’s lighting, is an ingenious glass greenhouse on a stark wooden stage with a revolve, which transforms into various kinds of interiors – a suburban house, an office, a prison.Witness
Sprightly, with a little acerbity, [Bliss] is an energetic production, spouting clever ideas at every turn.Suzy Goes See
Madcap, adventurous, funny, sad and inventive…Sydney Arts Guide