BLUE

  • 14 Jan – 29 Jan 23 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hours & 20 minutes (no interval)
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BLUE

Sydney Festival 2023

Written by Thomas Weatherall
Directed by Deborah Brown

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 14 Jan – 29 Jan 23
  • Duration 1 hours & 20 minutes (no interval)
  • Content warning

    Blue includes references to suicide, the use of coarse language, theatrical haze and herbal cigarettes.

    Should you wish to speak to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

  • In association with
  • Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by

Getting older is inevitable, but growing up takes courage.

When Mark moved out of home for the first time his mum started writing him letters – just checking in, staying in touch, keeping a gentle hold on her son. Until one letter brings news no-one wants to hear.

Today, alone in his apartment, on a quiet ordinary morning, Mark needs to try to make some sense of the path of his young life. He needs to work out how to go on with the day, his studies, the fragility of living. He needs us to hear his story, and the story of his family.

A tender, exquisite monologue written and performed by a rising star, Thomas Weatherall, Blue takes us deep into the beauty, and sadness, of a young life at its new beginning.

Blue is a remarkable, genuinely exciting debut. Thomas is a young man wise beyond his years. His writing is sensitive, deeply felt, beguiling. So is his acting. His play unpacks big stuff – mental health, family, loss, how we remember. See it. – Eamon

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

TEAM

  • Thomas Weatherall
    Writer
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    From the age of six Thomas professionally trained in dance, in styles across musical theatre, contemporary dance, tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop. He has been trained in singing by Kirri Adams and is also a trained acrobat. Thomas’s first professional on-screen role was in the AACTA award- winning ABC iview teenage drama series DEADLOCK. […]

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  • Deborah Brown
    Director
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    Blue marks Deborah’s directorial debut for Belvoir St Theatre. In 2019 she was Associate Director on Winyanboga Yurringa, directed by Anthea Williams and participated in Belvoir’s Artists At Work in 2020. Deborah has been Assistant Director for STC for The Long Forgotten Dream, directed by Neil Armfield, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, directed by Paige […]

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  • Cast

  • Thomas Weatherall
    Mark
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    From the age of six Thomas professionally trained in dance, in styles across musical theatre, contemporary dance, tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop. He has been trained in singing by Kirri Adams and is also a trained acrobat. Thomas’s first professional on-screen role was in the AACTA award- winning ABC iview teenage drama series DEADLOCK. […]

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  • Featuring

  • Frances Rings
    Mother
  • Darius Williams
    John
  • Creatives

  • Jacob Nash
    Set & Costume Designer
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    Jacob’s a descendant of the Daly River people, West of Darwin and has spent the last 20 years living, working and creating across the Eora Nation. He graduated from the NIDA Design Course in 2005. In 2010, he designed the set for OF EARTH AND SKY for Bangarra and received a Green Room Award for […]

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  • Cris Baldwin
    Set & Costume Designer
  • Chloe Ogilvie
    Lighting Designer
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    Chloe Ogilvie is a Yamatji Nanda woman from Western Australia, where she graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Specializing in Lighting Design.  Chloe works mostly as a designer but has crossed over into other areas such as Production Management and Event Coordination. Chloe has been a resident Artist with Black Swan for […]

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  • Wil Hughes
    Sound Designer & Composer
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    Wil’s credits as a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre have ranged from contemporary ballet to musicals, and include Blue (Belvoir St); Tiddas, Single Asian Female, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, The Village, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wind in the Willows (La Boite Theatre Company); Face to Face (Playlab); Lucie In The […]

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  • David Bergman
    Video Designer
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    David is a video, music and sound designer for theatre, dance, opera, installation, and film. Theatre credits include: composer and sound designer for Scenes from the Climate Era, sound designer for Into the Woods, video designer for Blue, co-sound designer for Packer and Sons (Belvoir); video designer for Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr […]

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  • Laura Farrell
    Vocal Coach
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    Laura Farrell (she/her) is a Voice and Dialect Coach living and working on Gadigal land. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA; a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts; and a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. A current lecturer […]

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  • Amy Hume
    Vocal Coach
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    Amy Hume is a voice and dialect coach for theatre and screen, and Lecturer in Voice at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Recent theatre credits include Fangirls, Counting & Cracking, Sami in Paradise (Belvoir), The Sound Inside, Fun Home, Cyrano (Melbourne Theatre Company), An American in Paris (Australian Ballet and GBS), Six the Musical […]

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  • Dom Mercer
    Dramaturg
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    Dom Mercer (he/him) is a director and dramaturg, and currently the Head of New Work at Belvoir. Recent Belvoir dramaturgy credits include: Blue, At What Cost and Looking for Alibrandi and he has worked closely across Belvoir’s new work over the past few years. Recent directing credits include: A Practical Guide to Self Defence (National […]

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  • Kodie Bedford
    Dramaturgical Consultant
  • Kelsey Lee
    Associate Lighting Designer
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    Kelsey is a lighting, set and costume designer for theatre and film. Lighting design credits include Blue (Belvoir), as associate lighting designer, A Room of One’s Own (Belvoir); Extinction of The Learned Response, Skyduck, Kasama Kita (Belvoir 25A); Sex Magick and Whitefella Yella Tree as co-designer(Griffin Theatre Company); Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare); Unqualified 2: Still Unqualified, A Letter for Molly, Killing Katie and Outdated (Ensemble Theatre); Queen Fatima (NTofP with Sydney Festival); April Aardvark (ATYP); Good Dog, If We […]

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  • Steph Storr
    Stage Manager
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    Stephanie is a proud Biripi woman from Newcastle, New South Wales living and working on Gadigal land. Stephanie has worked in all aspects of Stage Management across dance, theatre, film, corporate events and live performance, with a strong focus on Indigenous storytelling. Stephanie started her career as the Indigenous Production Trainee at Bangarra Dance theatre […]

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  • Sybilla Wajon
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Sybilla (She/Her) is a Sydney based Stage Manager and graduate of NIDA (BFA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management 21’) As Assistant Stage Manager, her credits include: for Sydney Theatre Company: Grand Horizons, The Lifespan of a Fact, Chalkface, Blithe Spirit (Swing), White Pearl (Swing), For GWB: Jagged Little Pill, For David Venn Entertainment: The […]

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