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Counting and Cracking

Counting
and Cracking

  • 8-27 Aug 22 UK Tour
  • Approx 3 hours 30 min incl 2 intervals

Counting
and Cracking
TOURING

By S.Shakthidharan with Eamon Flack
Directed by Eamon Flack with S. Shakthidharan

  • Venue UK Tour
  • Dates 8-27 Aug 22
  • Duration Approx 3 hours 30 min incl 2 intervals
  • Content warning

    Utilises theatrical haze and contains smoking on stage.
    Recommended for 14+

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  • Presented by
  • Originally co-produced with
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எண்ணிக்கை, இல்லையேல் கையோங்கு

ගණන් නොගන්නේ නම් ගණන් කරන්න

On the banks of a suburban Sydney river, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. But a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life, and we’re plunged into an epic story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children.

Featuring a world-class cast of 19 performers hailing from six different countries, Counting and Cracking follows the journey of one Sri Lankan-Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004.

In the course of telling this family’s epic story of break up and reunion, the narrative also tells the tale of two countries: Sri Lanka post-independence and Australia as an immigrant nation.

Winner of 14 major awards including Helpmann Awards for Best Production and Best Direction, Counting and Cracking is touring to the UK, presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival

Presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the Australian Government including through Australian Cultural Fund and International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund, the NSW Government and the British Council, as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.
The UK Tour is supported by Sam Meers AO, David Gonski AC & Dr Orli Wargon OAM, Simon Mordant AO & Catriona Mordant AM, Aldus Group.
Developed with the support of CuriousWorks.
Co-commissioned by Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Belvoir.

There are magical moments in this production.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Exciting, groundbreaking Australian theatre

Limelight

A story of survival and hope, of human connectedness, and our deep desire to understand three things –our history, our identity and what ‘home’ means to us.

Sri Lankan Review
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Powerful epic of love and war, exile and reconciliation. The Australian

TEAM

  • S. Shakthidharan
    Writer & Co-director
  • Eamon Flack
    Director
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    Belvoir’s Artistic Director. Eamon Flack finished his BA at the University of Queensland in 2000 and trained as an actor at WAAPA from 2001 to 2003. He has since worked as a director, writer, actor and dramaturg around Australia and internationally, from Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands to London. For Belvoir, Eamon’s directing credits include […]

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  • Cast

  • Rodney Afif
    Ismet, Mr. Levi and others
  • Shanaka Amarasinghe
    Jailor, Vinsanda and others
  • Prakash Belawadi
    Apah and others
  • Emma Harvie
    Young Dhamayanthi, Swathi and others
  • Antonythasan Jesuthasan
    Older Thirru and others
  • Nadie Kammallaweera
    Older Radha
  • Ahi Karunaharan
    Sunil and others
  • Abbie-Lee Lewis
    Lily and others
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    Abbie-lee Lewis is a Kalkadoon woman who grew  up in Western Australia.  In 2008 she graduated from the Aboriginal Theatre Course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2009 she worked with Yirra Yarkkin Theatre Company touring the play called Talk It Up by David Milroy and in 2010 Abbie-lee was accepted into […]

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  • Shiv Palekar
    Siddhartha and others
  • Gandhi McIntyre
    Priest, Hopper Cart Man and others
  • Sukhbir Singh Walia
    Hasanga and others
  • Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
    Young Radha
  • Kaivalya Suvarna
    Young Thirru and others
  • Nipuni Sharada
    Young Nihinsa
  • Rajan Velu
    Fundraiser, Bala, Maithri and others
  • Sukania Venugopal
    Older Nishinsa, Aacha, Older Dhamayanthi and others
  • Musicians

  • Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda
  • Janakan Raj
  • Venkhatesh Sritharan
  • Creatives

  • Anandavalli
    Costume & Cultural Advisor
  • Dale Ferguson
    Set & Costume Designer
  • Damien Cooper
    Lighting Designer
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    Damien designs lighting for Dance, Theatre, Opera and Film.  Designs for Belvoir include Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, The Dog/The Cat, Radiance, The Glass Menagerie, Coranderrk, Miss Julie, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Peter Pan, Private Lives, Conversation Piece, Strange Interlude, […]

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  • Stefan Gregory
    Sound Designer & Composer
  • Travelling Crew

  • Steve Hendy
    Head of Lighting/Programmer
  • Tom Houghton
    Head Mechanist
  • Chloe Greaves
    Wardrobe Supervisor/Dresser
  • Zainab Syed
    Company Manager/Producer
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    Zainab is a Pakistani Poet and Producer. Her practice sits at the intersection of social justice and live performance. After graduating from Brown University, USA she toured across the world performing poetry and teaching writing to incarcerated women and trauma victims until 2017. From 2017-2021, Zainab worked at Performing Lines WA as a Producer spearheading ambitious […]

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  • SUE DONNELLY
    Executive Producer
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    One of Australia’s most prominent and experienced arts administrators, Sue Donnelly was the Executive Director of Belvoir from August 2017 to March 2022. Sue is no stranger to Belvoir, having worked here as General Manager from 2004 to 2006. Since 2012, Sue has led Queensland Theatre ensuring its position as one of the best in […]

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  • Barry Searle
    Production Manager
  • Georgiane Deal
    Stage Manager
  • Ayah Tayeh
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Born on Wurundjeri land and currently working on Gadigal land, Ayah is a stage manager with a passion for new work and diverse storytelling. Her Belvoir credits include: A Room of One’s Own (2021) and My Brilliant Career (2020). Other credits include: 7 Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Breaking Glass (Sydney Chamber […]

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2019
NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS – NICK ENRIGHT PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING
S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack
2019
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S AWARD FOR DRAMA
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
S.Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Eamon Flack & S. Shakthidharan for Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY
Prakash Belawadi – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST SCENIC DESIGN
Dale Ferguson – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST SOUND DESIGN
Stefan Gregory – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
S. Shakthidharan – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Stefan Gregory – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack
2019 Belvoir at Town Hall images by Brett Boardman