The Events

By David Greig
Director Clare Watson

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 12 May – 12 June 2016

    A mesmerising piece of playwriting – generous, compassionate and subtle – The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements finally returns to the Belvoir St stage, joined by a host of Sydney’s community choirs in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.

    Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers – and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community – and the ideals that formed it – are blown apart.

    After the event, a dialogue unfolds between Claire and a young man. She is unpacking the Pandora’s box of herself – her rage, her fears, and ultimately some hope. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within, a lost generation. He plays many roles, but in an era of Port Arthur and Martin Place they all ask the same big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?

    A co-production with Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia in association with Sydney Festival


    By David Greig
    Director Clare Watson
    Set & Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
    Lighting Director Richard Vabre
    Musical Director Luke Byrne
    Composer John Browne
    Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
    Stage Managers Michelle McKenzie (SydFest season) & Natalie Moir (Belvoir season)
    Assistant Stage Managers Vanessa Martin (Belvoir season) & Keiren Smith (SydFest season)

    Production images by Brett Boardman

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