Narelle is Sydney born and bred but lately she’s lost her sense of belonging. Something keeps bringing her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June, who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline.
Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family bedrock, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle can’t fix the past, but maybe she can fix the future.
A story of Sydney – work and corruption, family and massive social change. A story of how Australia went from working class to middle class. Best of all, the great Kris McQuade returns to Belvoir.
Supported by the The Group
Warning: This production contains some strong language.
By Alana Valentine
Director Sarah Goodes
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Emma Vine
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer Steve Francis
Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Movement Director Nigel Poulton
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
8pm, 5 May
6.30pm, 6 May
8pm, 8 May
Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 9 May
2pm, 31 May
2pm, 26 May
6.30pm, 26 April
Approx. 2 hours & 35 mins inc. interval
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…as credible, tough, and romantic as a Dickens saga.Stage Noise
…warm-hearted and affectionate, even as it critiques corruption, destruction and social injustice.Sydney Morning Herald
Directed by Sarah Goodes, the production has a held in quality which balances so nicely with the lovely comic moments…And costuming [by Emma Vine]…Without any showiness, there is detail everywhere, replete with character and class and period.Sydney Arts Guide
Valentine’s work is clearly and compellingly realised by director Sarah Goodes and a uniformly strong cast in this production for Belvoir…The Sugar House remains a love letter to Sydney…
This expansive and moving story is sensitively directed by Sarah Goodes.The Australian
[Sacha] Horler’s Margo delivers some of the strongest scenes as she burns with the kind of rage only found in those who always feel they are playing second string.Arts Hub
The ensemble is quite extraordinary…There’s finely-tuned, well-wrought work, too, from Josh McConville and particularly Sacha Horler, who bring pathos with great nuance. The always great Nikki Shiels makes full use of small moments. Lex Marinos, an Australian entertainment icon really, has a lovely presence as granddad…Daily Review
Actor Sheridan Harbridge is a charming Narelle, persuasive at all ages but especially impressive with her sensitive portrayal of the 8-year-old version…Suzy Goes See
The Sugar House is a play about the human capacity for undying love and wilful perseverance in the face of immense pain and suffering.Backyard Opera
[Josh] McConville and [Sacha] Horler are stunning, both equal parts bravado and vulnerability in their respective roles, with Horler stealing the show with a particularly poignant and layered monologue.The AU Review
The Sugar House is an interesting and important work as it explores the stories of the people that are usually erased from the history books and the landscape…A wonderfully presented new Australian story that should be seen.Broadway World Sydney
The Sugar House is a ripper play that delves inside Sydney’s social history. Not to be missed.Sydney Scoop
[Sheridan] Harbridge’s portrayal of Narelle is perhaps her finest performance on Sydney stages to date.Theatre People
The Sugar House is another wonderful Belvoir play for 2018. Intelligently written by Alana Valentine and directed with a sophisticated and understated style by Sarah Goodes…Lisa Thatcher
The Sugar House is a gift of theatre; an exploration of who we were, who we are and who we wish we could be.Time Out Sydney