By David Hare
Director Neil Armfield

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 2 Sept – 18 Oct 2009

    David Hare said he’d never written a play quite like this. Hilarious and furious, Gethsemane is his dazzling comedy about democracy’s dark night of the soul.

    Otto Fallon is a former hairdresser and boy-band producer. Now he’s a fundraiser and problem solver for New Labour. Meredith Guest is the Home Secretary. Suzette’s her teenage daughter and she’s about to bring everything crashing down.

    Hare let fly with a thrilling narrative and savage wit worthy of the great Restoration comedies. His menagerie of the privileged skate through a world of mirrors and high hypocrisy where British Labour has suspended its idealism and become the opposite of itself. Written out of deep anger, Gethsemane asks how we maintain any sense of morality in a world so defined by price and affluence. But glowing at its core is a tentative sense of promise for the future…

    Following the acclaimed productions of Hare’s Stuff Happens, The Judas Kiss and My Zinc Bed, Neil Armfield reignited his artistic friendship with one of the world’s truly brilliant writers.


    By David Hare
    Director Neil Armfield
    Set Designer Brian Thompson
    Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
    Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
    Composer Alan John
    Sound Designer Steve Francis
    Assistant Director Shannon Murphy
    Voice and Accent Coach Danielle Roffe
    Stage Manager Mark Lowrey
    Assistant Stage Manager Nell Ranney


    Paula Arundell
    Emily Barclay
    Charlie Garber
    Claire Jones
    Hugh Keays-Byrne
    Rhys Muldoon
    Sarah Peirse
    Andy Rodoreda
    Dan Wyllie

    Production images by Heirdrun Lohr

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