Once in Royal
David’s City

By Michael Gow
Director Eamon Flack

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 8 Feb – 23 March 2014

I’m afraid I’ll sound like I’m ready to let go of you. And I’m not.

Eloquent, playful, big-thinking, tender and fierce – Michael Gow’s new play is an astonishing act of theatrical invention.

Will Drummond is bewildered. All the old certainties are coming apart. When he finds himself sitting by his mother’s bedside in a hospital room on the north coast of New South Wales, suddenly he’s faced with the mortality of loved ones, faced with the state of the world as it was and as it is right now. Set adrift, Will considers loss and what’s left, class and contradiction, and navigating a corporatised and globalised world alone.

Once in Royal David’s City is big and small at once, tumbling from the fifties to the present, from East Berlin to Byron Bay, from brief encounters to the cycles of history. It’s about death and Christmas and class warfare and what to teach school children about politics and art. It’s about the old working class and the new middle class and what one has to learn from each other.

It is beautiful.


By Michael Gow
Director Eamon Flack
Set & Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Costume Designer Mel Page
Composer Alan John
Sound Supervisor Michael Toisuta
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith
Assistant to the Set Designer Georgia Hopkins
Stage Management Secondment Michelle Sverdloff-Bruer
Costume Secondment Hannah Koch


Helen Buday
Brendan Cowell
Maggie Dence
Lech Mackiewicz
Tara Morice
Helen Morse
Anthony Phelan
James Wright

Rehearsal images by Ellis Parrinder
Production images by Ellis Parrinder

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