OPENING NIGHT

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OPENING
NIGHT

  • 26 Feb – 27 Mar 22 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)
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OPENING
NIGHT

Based on the screenplay by John Cassavetes
Directed and adapted by Carissa Licciardello

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 26 Feb – 27 Mar 22
  • Duration 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)
  • Accessibility
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  • Content warning

    Opening Night contains scenes of domestic violence and uses strobe lighting and herbal cigarettes.

    Should you wish 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.

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It’s the role of a lifetime. But she‘s losing her mind.

Myrtle Gordon’s been a star of the stage for years. She’s loved by audiences, acclaimed by critics. Now she’s been cast in the role of a lifetime, and opening night is rapidly approaching – but something’s not quite right.

The lines won’t stick, she can’t stay in character, reality and make-believe are starting to blur – and there’s a strange woman in her dressing room.

Is she a ghost? A hallucination? Another Myrtle, who’s climbed out from the mirror?

The cult classic 1977 film of what happens when a woman can’t play her role anymore, in a startling theatrical reimagining by Carissa Licciardello.

If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what a ride this story is. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. It’s scary, it’s unsettling, it’s dramatic, and it’s weirdly profound. From the minds behind last year’s A Room of One’s Own, one for the lovers of theatre. – Eamon

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $70 – $91
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $65 – $81
  • Senior* $60 – $81
  • Concession $50 – $71
  • 30-Down# $48 – $63
  • Previews $52 – $57
  • Student Saver $35 – $50

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TEAM

  • John Cassavetes
    Original Screenplay
  • Carissa Licciardello
    Director & Adaptor
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    Carissa Licciardello is a Resident Director at Belvoir. She was previously an Artistic Associate for the company and its inaugural Andrew Cameron Fellow. She graduated from NIDA’s Directing course in 2017. Her credits include: for Belvoir – as Director/Co-Adaptor, A Room of One’s Own; as Associate Director, Fangirls 2019; as Assistant Director, Counting & Cracking; Ghosts. For Sydney Theatre Company, as […]

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  • Cast

  • Caitlin Burley
    Nancy
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    Opening Night marks Caitlin’s debut with Belvoir Street Theatre. Her other theatre credits include: for Bell Shakespeare, Juliet in their MainStage Education Production of Romeo and Juliet, and Bell Players 2020-2021; Frankie Parker in A Happy New Year(NIDA); Chrysalis: Intersection and Oedipus Doesn’t’ Live Here Anymore (ATYP); and Everybody(Cross Pollinate Productions), A girl in a school uniform (walks into a bar) (futura films) and American […]

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  • Jing-Xuan Chan
    Kelly
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    Jing-Xuan Chan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006. During her studies she received the Irene Mitchell Award for outstanding performance, the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship for outstanding commitment to training, and the Friends of the VCA New Emerging Talent Award. She has since worked for various theatre companies including Melbourne […]

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  • Luke Mullins
    Manny
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    Luke is an actor, performance maker and director across theatre, film and television. At Belvoir, Luke has appeared in The Glass Menagerie, Back At The Dojo, Angels in America, Small & Tired, Death of Salesman, The Power of Yes, Thom Paine (Based on Nothing) and The Eisteddfod. In the UK, Luke has worked extensively in […]

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  • Toni Scanlan
    Sarah
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    Toni trained at the Drama Centre, London. Her theatre credits include for Belvoir Ruben Guthrie and Stop Girl; for Sydney Theatre Company Blood Wedding, Our Town, Troupers, King Lear, Cuckoo’s Country and Madras House; for Black Swan Theatre Hir and Angels in America – Part One; for Ensemble Theatre Richard 111, Let the Sun Shine, A View From the Bridge, I’m Not Rappaport, All My Sons, […]

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  • Leeanna Walsman
    Myrtle
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    Leeanna Walsman has enjoyed an extensive career in film, theatre and television. Leeanna previously performed at Belvoir in the production of Peribanez. Selected stage productions include Solaris, Melancholia (Malthouse Theatre),Stockholm, Saturn’s Return, The Shape of Things and La Dispute (Sydney Theatre Company), Speaking in Tongues (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Othello (Bell Shakespeare), A […]

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  • Matthew Zeremes
    Marty
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    Matthew Zeremes graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2002. He co-created and co-wrote the Emmy award-winning kids comedy series Hardball on ABCME. He is known for his work across television, theatre and film roles. He starred as John Caleo in the original stage version of Holding the Man for Griffin Theatre Company and […]

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  • Understudies

  • Charlotte Friels
    Kelly and Nancy (Understudy)
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    Charlotte is a recent NIDA graduate, who has since gone on to work in theatre and film. Her theatre credits include playing Drury in Goldilocks, Lady Anne in Richard III and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard for NIDA, and her film credits include The Dressmaker by Jocelyn Moorhouse, Nitram by Justin Kurzel and Respect the […]

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  • Anthony Harkin
    Marty and Manny (Understudy)
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    Anthony Harkin’s extensive theatre credits include Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel), Neighbourhood Watch (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Sound Of Music (Gordon Frost), Next to Normal (Hayes Theatre), Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages (New Theatricals), Twelfth Night (MTC), Packer and Sons (Belvoir), Gypsy (Hayes Theatre), Shane Warne the Musical (Token Events), Miss Saigon (Miss Saigon Australia), Cabaret […]

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  • Fiona Press
    Sarah (Understudy)
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    During her career of nearly 40 years, Fiona has performed extensively in film, television and theatre across the country. Theatre credits include Kendall Feaver’s recent Wherever She Wanders for Griffin; playing Dot to Mark Little’s Alf in Wayne Harrison’s production of The One Day of the Year at the Finborough Theatre, London; Sydney Theatre Award […]

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  • Anna Samson
    Myrtle (Understudy)
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    After graduating drama school Anna has gone on to perform extensively in theatre, film and television.  Her theatre credits include Bliss for Belvoir St Theatre and Malthouse Theatre, Pompeii LA for Malthouse Theatre. Birdland (for which she received a 2016 Helpmann Nomination), Skylight, The Sublime and The Heretic for The Melbourne Theatre Company, Ruben Guthrie, Day One, A Hotel and Wet House (for which she received a 2016 Green Room nomination) for […]

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  • Creatives

  • David Fleischer
    Set Designer
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    David is a designer working across Australia with leading theatre, dance and opera companies. Previous designs for Belvoir include: A Room of Ones Own, Fangirls and Hedda Gabler. Other theatre credits include: The Deep Blue Sea, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Harp in the South, Saint Joan, Top Girls, Chimerica, Speed The Plow, The Golden Age, Children of The Sun, Travelling […]

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  • Mel Page
    Costume Designer
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    Mel is a set and costume designer. Costume designs for Belvoir St Theatre include: Japser Jones, Ivanov, Kill The Messenger, Seventeen, Nora, The Glass Menagerie, A Christmas Carol, Elektra/Orestes, The Government Inspector, Hamlet, Angels In America, & Strange Interlude. Set & Costume designs include: Taste Of Honey, Enemy Of The People, Back At The Dojo, Medea and Small & Tired. […]

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  • Nick Schlieper
    Lighting Designer
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    Nick Schlieper has designed for all of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and works regularly in Europe and the USA. He is one of Australia’s most highly awarded designers having received six Sydney Critics Awards (two for set design and 4 for lighting design), six Melbourne Green Room Awards, the inaugural 2013 Australian […]

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  • Jasmine Rizk
    Lighting Associate
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    Jasmine is an accomplished Sydney based theatrical lighting designer and programmer, working with both the professional and independent theatre community. Recognised for her creative expertise and producing inspiring lighting designs, Jasmine was thrilled to be the lighting designer for the Jekyll & Hyde 25th Anniversary Concerts starring Australia’s best, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix in […]

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  • Max Lyandvert
    Composer & Sound Designer
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    Max is a multi-award winning composer, sound designer and stage director. In 2021 Max was the Composer along with Justin Stanley on the Stan series Eden produced by Every Cloud. Max’s other composing screen credits include the miniseries – The Kettering Incident (Porchlight for Foxtel) and The Devils Playground (Matchbox Pictures for Foxtel), feature documentaries- Gayby Baby (Feature doco for Gayby […]

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  • Hamed Sadeghi
    Associate Composer
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    Born 1983 in Iran, Hamed Sadeghi is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He studied Persian classical music in Tehran and master of sound engineering in Malaysia before he moved to Australia in 2013. His recent highlights in theatre include scoring and performing in productions Sami in Paradise 2018 at Belvoir Sydney Theatre, […]

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  • Tim Dashwood
    Fight Director
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    Belvoir: The Life of Galileo. Other Theatre: Sydney Theatre Company:Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, No Pay? No Way!, Lord of the Flies. Opera Australia: Whiteley, West Side Story on Sydney Harbour, Krol Roger, Faust. shake & stir theatre co.: Fantastic Mr Fox, Jane Eyre, George’s Marvellous Medicine. New Theatre: The Removalists. Outhouse Theatre Co: […]

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  • Nicole Pingon
    Assistant Director
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    Nicole Pingon is a multidisciplinary artist, director and theatre maker, working across live performance, installation and digital mediums. In 2021, she co-directed the world premiere of Blush Opera’s new Australian opera, Chop Chef for Riverside Theatres Parramatta. She is a member and collaborator of the Little Eggs Collective and Ninefold Ensemble, and was part of CAAP’s inaugural […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, A Taste of Honey, Sami in Paradise, Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Ghosts, TheRover, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, […]

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  • Holly Fernanda
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Originally from Sydney, Holly entered the arts industry as a young performer and was introduced to stage management while completing her Certificate III in Live Production (2017–18), igniting a keen interest in theatre, film, television, and event work. While studying at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Holly’s credits include Stage Manager for ‘Earthquakes […]

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Rehearsal images by Daniel Boud
Production images by Brett Boardman

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    Schools Performances are held on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills. All Schools Performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
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