By Matthew Whittet
Director Anne-Louise Sarks

  • Venue Lyric Theatre
  • Dates 4 March – 8 April 2017

    This one’s a real treat no matter which way you look at it. Take the cast: six acting legends of Australian theatre. Or take the play: written specially to make these legends seventeen again. Or take the writer: one of the funniest and most delightful theatrical imaginations in the country. Or take the director: the wonderfully inventive creator of Belvoir’s A Christmas Carol. Or take the central theme: life, whether it’s stretching out before you or laid out behind you, is a wonderful thing.

    Matthew Whittet (Cinderella, Old Man) is the true original mind of Australian theatre – actor, writer, muse, inventor of marvels, scribe of human beauty and lover of oddity. Seventeen is the play he’s been getting ready to write for a long time. It’s about the cusp of adulthood, and it has been written for a rollcall of great senior actors.

    These venerables play a group of teenagers (!) drinking, singing, dancing, gabbling, worrying and maybe even pashing (!!) their way through their last night of childhood and their first night of adulthood.

    Funny, immature, wise and a little bit but quite beautifully sad, Seventeen is about the size of life.


    Sarah Ball
    Richard Cordery
    Michael Feast
    Mike Grady
    Diana Hardcastle
    Margot Leicester 


    Written by Matthew Whittet
    Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks
    Designed by Tom Scutt
    Lighting Design by Paule Constable
    Sound Design by Nick Manning
    Movement Director Imogen Knight


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