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2014


PERPLEX ~

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The INFORMATION

6 Season Ticket Holder benefits 9 Key dates 48 What your donations support 50 Suggested show combinations 52 Ticket prices 54 How to book 58 Venues, map and accessible performances 60 Join in 62 STC Community 64 Thank you 66 Contact details

The Plays

12 Travelling North 14 Noises Off 16 Fight Night 18 Perplex 20 Mojo 22 M.Rock 24 The Effect 26 Macbeth 28 Children of the Sun 30 Kryptonite 32 Calpurnia Descending 34 Switzerland 36 Cyrano de Bergerac

The SEASON offers

40 The Long Way Home 42 Pinocchio 44 The Wharf Revue 2014



A MESSAGE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ~

Well... Here I am, sitting at a desk I had grown quite used to sharing, and it strikes me that the year to come at STC is full of determined individuals and blissful single-mindedness. A season of characters with big ideas, big ambitions and – occasionally – very big noses. Proboscises notwithstanding, the wonderful thing about 2014 is that we’ll see elements of ourselves reflected in these characters time and time again. Because, in the theatre, no character is an island, even the most isolated or bloody minded. No matter how tight the spotlight, no matter how introspective the soliloquy, a stage without an audience is a rehearsal. And so, to the audience. You. To those happy fools on stage, you are the strong shoulder in every hour of need, the witnesses to every glorious victory and the smiling farewell as they exit, pursued by that bear. To guide us along the way this year, we’ve assembled a masterful array of playwrights dishing up a season of benchmark texts. From the clockwork mastery of Noises Off to the puzzling audacity of Perplex, from the creeping thrills of Switzerland to the sublime romance of Cyrano de Bergerac, there’s not a genre left unturned.

Photography by Lisa Tomasetti

First cab off the rank is David Williamson’s Travelling North. As lively, honest and immediate today as it was 35 years ago. In fact, age has not wearied so much as burnished a play that stands as my own favourite in Williamson’s formidable back catalogue.

Speaking of back catalogues, Cyrano de Bergerac has become a hallmark STC text and it promises once again to be a sumptuous night in the theatre with Richard Roxburgh donning the schnoz. We also welcome back Justine Clarke, Jacqueline McKenzie and Helen Thomson – all in the one show, Children of the Sun, a neglected gem by Maxim Gorky which I adapted last year as a commission for the National Theatre in London. And to ice the cake... Hugo Weaving. Macbeth. This is the Shakespeare play that opened my eyes in high school; the one that shook me out of adolescent torpor and set me squarely on the path to theatre. Watching a talent like Hugo let loose on a monster like this is going to be an absolute treat. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this ragtag bunch of individuals. Alone, they are full of great drama. Together, we hope to make great theatre.

Andrew Upton Artistic Director


WHY BECOME A SEASON TICKET HOLDER? ~

Get your tickets for 2014 by becoming a Sydney Theatre Company Season Ticket Holder. Select between 6 and 13 plays from our main 2014 season and you’ll be entitled to a whole range of benefits, including: BOOK BY 1 DECEMBER AND WIN! If you purchase your Season Ticket before Sun 1 Dec you could win a luxury trip for two to Tasmania worth over $5,000, including: • Business class flights with Qantas from Sydney–Hobart return • One night’s accommodation at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart • Free entry to Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art and lunch at The Source restaurant • Three days’ car hire • Two nights’ all-inclusive stay at the magnificent Saffire Freycinet on Tasmania’s East Coast. The stay includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and selected deluxe beverages for two on all days, a $100 credit towards a spa treatment, and a broad range of bespoke activities.

PRIORITY BOOKING WINDOW From 17 Sep–15 Oct 2013 existing Season Ticket Holders enjoy an exclusive priority booking period. Last year some shows sold out during this window so take advantage of being able to renew!

See page 66 for terms & conditions

THE BEST AVAILABLE SEATS Take advantage of the priority booking period from 17 Sep 2013. From 15 Oct 2013 Season Tickets are open to everyone. You can still secure the best available seats right up until casual tickets go on sale to the public from 2 Dec 2013. 6


discountED TICKETS and easy payment options As a Season Ticket Holder you can save up to 20% off casual ticket prices. If you hold a Seniors Card, are a concession holder or are under 30 you’ll save even more. We do not charge a transaction fee for Season Ticket bookings. Plus you can choose to take advantage of our deferred payment option and pay 50% now and 50% in Feb 2014.

NEW IN 2014: UNLIMITED FREE EXCHANGES We understand that your plans may change. We are now offering unlimited free exchanges to our Season Ticket Holders. Fee-free!

SPECIAL SEASON OFFERS When buying your Season Ticket add on three special events at discounted prices: The Long Way Home, Pinocchio and The Wharf Revue.

FLEXIBILITY Pick and mix the dates and times that suit your diary. You can choose your own mix of previews, matinees, standard evening performances and Saturday evening performances when building your Season Ticket.

ALL-PLAY BUYERS If you add all 13 plays from our main 2014 season to your Season Ticket before 1 Dec we will give you a free ticket for a friend to say thank you.

discountS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS Purchase a Season Ticket and you can pre-book additional tickets for friends at discounted prices.

discountED PROGRAMS Our programs are jam-packed with great insights into the world of the production. On sale from our venues at $10, pre-purchase program vouchers with your Season Ticket and get them for only $8!

BENEFITS CARD We negotiate discounts and special offers on your behalf at a number of partner organisations. Your STC Season Ticket Holder card unlocks benefits including 40% off anything on James Halliday’s winecompanion.com.au; 15% off at cumuluswines.com; discounts at our partner cinemas; parking discounts and many more. Full benefits are listed at sydneytheatre.com.au/benefits


REASONS TO RENEW YOUR SEASON TICKET ~

Our family of Season Ticket Holders is the lifeblood of STC. We recognise the commitment of those who choose to renew consecutively each year with a whole range of tiered benefits.

STARS

LEGENDS

People who have purchased a Season Ticket for 3–10 consecutive years receive the regular suite of benefits PLUS they can enjoy the following rewards: • STARS enjoy a free glass of selected wine with any main course purchased at The Bar at the End of the Wharf • We’ve negotiated three exclusive ticket offers with Sydney Festival for our STARS, which you’ll hear about after their program is announced

People who have been a Season Ticket Holder for 11 or more consecutive years receive all the regular benefits, PLUS the benefits for our STARS, PLUS the following rewards: • During your priority booking period we ringfence a selection of great seats in each venue which are only accessible to our LEGENDS • When LEGENDS book a room with our accommodation partner Adina Apartment Hotels, not only do they get 10% off but they also receive the choice of a free bottle of wine, late check-out or a room upgrade • LEGENDS can jump the phone queue with a year-round priority service line • Our LEGENDS receive a free cheese platter for two with any wine purchase after the show at The Bar at the End of the Wharf

We will send you a special card which identifies you and allows you to redeem your benefits 8

All this and much more. Visit sydneytheatre. com.au/benefits for all the information.


KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY ~

THU

12 SEP

• 2014 Season announced

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SUN DEC • Deadline for your FREE TICKET if you book all 13 plays • Deadline for purchasing your Season Ticket to be in with the chance to win a luxury trip to Tasmania • Deadline for purchasing by deferred payment

MON

24 FEB

• Casual Tickets go on sale for: Kryptonite Children of the Sun Calpurnia Descending The Wharf Revue Switzerland

TUE

17 SEP

• Priority booking window opens for renewing Season Ticket Holders

MON

2 DEC

• Casual Tickets go on sale for: Travelling North The Long Way Home Noises Off Fight Night Perplex Pinocchio Mojo M.Rock

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TUE

15 OCT

• Priority booking window closes for renewing Season Ticket Holders • Season Tickets on sale to the public

MON

10 FEB

• Casual Tickets go on sale for: The Effect Macbeth

10 MAR

• Casual Tickets go on sale for: Cyrano de Bergerac

See page 54 for more information about how to book




Director Andrew Upton Designer David Fleischer Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper Sound Designer Steve Francis With Bryan Brown Harriet Dyer Russell Kiefel Emily Russell Greta Scacchi Andrew Tighe Sara West

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Sydney Theatre Company and allens present

TRAVELLING NORTH By DAVID WILLIAMSON

Williamson’s autumn sonata Frank is a bugger, but somehow Frances has fallen for him. They happily leave chilly Melbourne for tropical Queensland, seeking warmer climes and a change in lifestyle, to the horror and inconvenience of their children. Soon, however, their dream faces a new threat: signs of age betray themselves in Frank’s failing heart. Meanwhile, Frances’ daughters demand her return, if only to care for their ever-growing broods. Travelling North premiered in 1979 at The Nimrod Theatre, with John Bell directing Frank Wilson and Carol Raye. It swiftly became an important play in the Australian canon. This, its first ever production at STC, brings Williamson’s affectionate, insightful play, with its nosy neighbours, sexagenarian raunch and family wrangles to the intimacy of Wharf 1 Theatre. Following 2011’s ZEBRA!, we welcome Bryan Brown back to the STC stage as charming rogue Frank, while Greta Scacchi – not seen on STC stages since her star turn in Simpatico, 1996 – returns as the delightful younger Frances. The Fury team bring this Australian classic to life with elegant simplicity.

“ I may be old. I’m not defunct.” Frank

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9 Jan – 22 Mar

ASSOCIATE sponsor

MEDIA PARTNER

WHARF 1 theatre 2 hrs

(including interval)

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PIER GROUP lunch 12pm mon 16 dec

matinee club 12pm WEd 19 FEB

Photo by Michele Aboud / Ellie Kurttz

Mortality



Director Jonathan Biggins Set Designer Mark Thompson Costume Designer Julie Lynch Lighting Designer Nigel Levings With Alan Dukes Lindsay Farris Marcus Graham Ron Haddrick Danielle King Genevieve Lemon Tracy Mann Josh McConville Ash Ricardo

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Sydney Theatre Company and QANTAS present

NOISES OFF By MICHAEL FRAYN

A tour de farce From Wilde to Orton, via Benny Hill, English comedy has trodden a fine line between the incisively witty and the earthily broad. Of course the greatest does both, at the same time, and with extra sardines. Enter Noises Off. Michael Frayn’s comic masterpiece reveals the goings-on as a Z-list touring theatre company attempts to mount the somewhat dire bedroom farce, Nothing On. With a deft comic touch, as seen in his play Australia Day and countless Wharf Revues, Jonathan Biggins directs a highly accomplished cast led by Marcus Graham as the despotic director, and including Genevieve Lemon, Tracy Mann and Ron Haddrick – a collective that will ensure that behind the pratfalls and missed cues is a craft so precise you’ll not know where reality ends and the play begins. Will two separate love triangles, a dipsomaniac and lost contact lenses prevent the show from going on?

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Lloyd: I’m starting to know what God felt like when he sat out there in the darkness, creating the world. Belinda: And what did he feel like, Lloyd my dear? Lloyd: Very pleased he’d taken his Valium.

Ambition

17 FEB – 5 APR DRAMA theatre, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE 2 hrs 30mins

(including interval)

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PIER GROUP lunch 12pm TUE 28 JAN

Photo by Ingvar Kenne

Presenting sponsor



Director Alexander Devriendt Scenography & Costumes Sophie De Somere Scenography & Lighting Design Lilith Tremmery Tour Technicians Jasper Taelemans Lilith Tremmery Composers Cameron Goodall & David Heinrich Sound Designer David Heinrich Photography Sarah Eechaut With Sophie Cleary Valentijn Dhaenens David Heinrich Angelo Tijssens Roman Vaculik Charlotte Vandermeersch Folly

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Sydney Theatre Company presents The Border Project, Ontroerend Goed, Drum Theatre Plymouth and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, in association with Adelaide Festival

FIGHT NIGHT

Created by The Border Project and Ontroerend Goed with text by Alexander Devriendt and the Cast

Only one will survive We first encountered the maverick Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed when they performed the enthralling Once and for All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are so Shut Up and Listen in 2009. We enjoyed it so much we got together with them in 2012 to create the tiny epic A History of Everything which then toured to Europe, the United States and Perth International Arts Festival. Now they’re back – along with Adelaide company The Border Project, which also collaborated with us in 2011’s Vs Macbeth – in a brand new interactive theatre experience. Five contenders. Five rounds. You choose. Employing high octane performance and innovative hand-held voting technology, Fight Night is a playful and immersive night of theatre. While your vote may reflect the personalities on stage, the process will be just as revealing about yourself. How fast do you judge or condemn people? Based on what? In a society where beauty prevails and even the world of politics is not safe from the cult of celebrity, director Alexander Devriendt has created a clever political game, treading a fine line between democracy and the tyranny of majority.

“ A cross between Big Brother and an Italian election.” The Independent (UK)

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The Border Project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Government of South Australia. Ontroerend Goed is funded by the Flemish Community, The Province of East Flanders and the city of Ghent.

WHARF 2 theatre 1hr 30mins (no interval)

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WARNING: CONTAINS SWEARING AND MILD adult themes

Photo by Sarah Eechaut

20 MAR – 13 APr



Director Sarah Giles Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert With Glenn Hazeldine Rebecca Massey

Sydney Theatre Company presentS

PERPLEX

By MARIUS VON MAYENBURG TRANSLATED BY MAJA ZADE

A shape-shifting theatrical puzzle Taking inspiration from Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, as well as the pens of Stoppard, Nietzsche and Beckett, influential writer Marius von Mayenburg has created a fast-paced and very funny piece of contemporary absurdism. The four actors play musical chairs with their characters in an astonishing tumble of scenes. Their characters are patchwork individuals, groping for assurance and security in a constantly disintegrating reality, while slipping on the metaphysical banana peels von Mayenburg throws in their path.

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Fresh from her success with Mrs Warren’s Profession in 2013, director Sarah Giles tackles the play. She has prior form with von Mayenburg, having won a Sydney Theatre Award for her production of his play The Ugly One at Griffin Theatre Company in 2011. After this, not only will you be more careful about whom you choose to house-sit next time you go on holiday, you will also never leave your partner alone at a fancy dress party again.

“ The more the audience enjoys the confusion, the more troubled the characters seem.” Berlin Morning Post

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Production Patron: Andrew Stuart

WHARF 1 theatre 1hr 45mins (no interval)

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WARNING: strong language AND nudity

Photo by James Green

31 MAR – 3 MAY



Director Iain Sinclair Set Designer Luke Ede Costume Designer David Fleischer Lighting Designer Nicholas Rayment Sound Designer Steve Francis

Sydney Theatre Company PRESENTS

With Jeremy Davidson Eamon Farren Sam Haft Josh McConville Colin Moody

Rock ’n’ roll ’n’ revenge

MOJO

BY JEZ BUTTERWORTH

Jez Butterworth’s brutally funny journey through the seedy, amphetamine-fuelled London rock scene of the 1950s follows a gang of would-be power-players who, seduced by the promise of fame and fortune, battle for control of hot teen singing idol, Silver Johnny. In the hands of director Iain Sinclair (Our Town, Blood Wedding) Mojo is a tightly-wound thriller which examines with grim humour the dark underside of the halcyon days of rock ’n’ roll. A sensational collision of Tarantino-esque shock and Jacobean revenge, the story starts with the discovery of a jealous nightclub owner’s body sawn in half... and then things start to get sticky.

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Alternately hilarious and terrifying, and featuring live music, this is the play that won Butterworth an Olivier Award and kickstarted a new wave of British crime genre pieces including Guy Ritchie’s popular flick Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Jeremy Davidson, lead vocalist of local blues-rock outfit, The Snowdroppers, makes his stage debut as Silver Johnny, surrounded by a testosterone-fuelled cast of snappily-dressed, menacing 50s teddy boys and rockers led by Colin Moody.

“ Combines the verbal menace of Harold Pinter and the physical violence of Quentin Tarantino.” The Sunday Times (UK)

17 MAY – 5 JUL WHARF 1 THEATRE 2 hrs 15mins

(including interval)

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PIER GROUP lunch 12pm mon 28 APR

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES

Photo by Ingvar Kenne

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Director Fraser Corfield Designer Adrienn Lord Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne

Sydney Theatre Company and Australian Theatre for Young People present

M.ROCK By Lachlan Philpott WORLD PREMIERE

With Valerie Bader Joshua Brennan

The generation gap just got tighter M.Rock is a magical new play, based on a true story, about the enduring joys of music, dancing and self-discovery. Lachlan Philpott is one of the country’s hottest writers, rocketing into the Sydney theatre landscape with the success of Silent Disco for atyp and Griffin Theatre Company in 2011. In his distinctive language, Philpott charts the fortunes of 18-year-old Tracy and her grandmother Mabel. Tracy has just finished school, she’s bought a round-the-world ticket and is flying away to soak up experience. By contrast, Mabel is stable. She plays piano for The Players, knits for the African appeal and looks after Hilda’s cat.

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When Tracy misses her plane home, Mabel sets off on a quest to find her granddaughter. But what she finds is her inner DJ. A co-production with atyp and directed by Fraser Corfield, M.Rock features Valerie Bader (Australia Day) as the intrepid septuagenarian, as well as a live DJ pumping the energy of the dancefloor into the veins of the theatre. Enjoy a delightfully fresh, inter-generational theatre experience that challenges taboos and assumptions about age.

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“ I may never leave the dance floor. Never. Ever. Ever.” Mabel

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ASSOCIATE sponsor

WHARF 2 THEATRE 1hr 20mins (no interval)

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all tickets $30 WARNING: contains swearing AND mild adult themes

Photo by Michele Aboud

12 – 21 JUN


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Director Sarah Goodes Designer Renée Mulder Composer & Sound Designer Guy Webster With Eugene Gilfedder Anna McGahan Angie Milliken

Sydney Theatre Company and Commonwealth Bank present a Sydney Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company production

THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Love is the drug When people fall in love we often talk about the ‘chemistry’ between them. But what is this ‘chemistry’ and what causes it? In The Effect, acclaimed British playwright Lucy Prebble incisively examines the world of drug-testing clinics and neuroscience. And, perhaps, true love. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, take part in a drug trial examining the effects of a new anti-depressant. However, as their doses become stronger, they start to fall in love. But is their newfound passion real? Or just another side effect?

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Sarah Goodes directs a superb cast led by Angie Milliken as the trial’s overseeing physician who must contend with the unruly feelings of her charges while debating the ethical implications of their work with her superior. It’s soon clear that this pair have a complex past, and neither is objective about the thorny issues that entangle them. Interweaving reason and passion, science and art, Prebble’s funny, tender and provocative play is guaranteed to keep you debating long after the lights come up.

“ An astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply felt.” Daily Telegraph (UK)

Presenting sponsor

10 JUL – 16 AUG WHARF 1 THEATRE 2 hrs 30mins

(including interval)

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WARNING: contains strong language, NUDITY and sexual references

Illustration by Collider Photo by Sarah Golonka

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Director Kip Williams Designer Alice Babidge Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert With Hugo Weaving

Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present

MACBETH by William Shakespeare

“What bloody man is that?” A dark prophecy triggers Shakespeare’s gory tragedy that charts the rise, rise and fall of a political couple whose wayward moral compass takes them in a deadly direction. Fasten your seat belts for another towering performance from Hugo Weaving as he wrestles with one of Shakespeare’s most complex protagonists. A man whose opportunism o’er-shadows his humanity, whose ambition destroys its prize.

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Continuing his keen-eyed interpretation of classic texts, director Kip Williams (Under Milk Wood, Romeo and Juliet) delivers a sharp reworking on a reinvented stage. In Alice Babidge’s extraordinary design, the vast Sydney Theatre will be turned inside out into a dark, intimate venue with a strictly limited capacity, promising a haunting new experience.

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“ I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er” Macbeth

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21 JUL – 27 SEP SYDNEY THEATRE 2 hrs 30mins

(including interval)

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strictly no latecomers admitted PIER GROUP lunch 12pm mon 16 jun

matinee club 12pm WEd 13 aug

Photo by Michele Aboud

Presenting sponsor



Director Kip Williams Set Designer David Fleischer Costume Designer Renée Mulder Lighting Designer Damien Cooper With Justine Clarke Jacqueline McKenzie Chris Ryan Helen Thomson Ben Winspear

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Sydney Theatre Company and Colonial First State Global Asset Management present

CHILDREN OF THE SUN by Maxim Gorky in a new version by Andrew Upton AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Love and other chemical reactions Following on from his adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun takes a fresh, colloquial look at the human condition. In a rambling mansion in provincial Russia at the beginning of the 20th Century, a sister, a brother, their partners and admirers pursue their intimate intrigues oblivious to bigger new realities brewing at their door. A family born to privilege but bound for dysfunction. Protasov might be the man of the house, but, even when he lifts his eyes from his chemistry set, he is blind to his wife’s infidelities, his friend’s advances and his sister’s quiet despair. In something of a casting coup, three of our most treasured actresses – Justine Clarke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sex with Strangers) and Helen Thomson (Mrs Warren’s Profession) – form a formidable trio around our hero, as outside the propulsive energy of revolution reaches a crescendo. Both a sparkling comedy and a thoughtful exploration of the larger issues of privilege, progress and being caught at the wrong end of history, Children of the Sun captures the atmosphere of upheaval of its era – with more than a fleeting resonance to our own troubled times.

“ I am uncovering the secret of life.” Protasov

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Production Patrons: Stephen and Julie Fitzgerald

8 SEP – 25 OCT Drama theatre, sydney opera house 2 hrs 30mins

(including interval)

28

pier group lunch 12pm mon 4 aug

Photo by Michele Aboud

Presenting sponsor



Director Geordie Brookman Designer Victoria Lamb Lighting Designer Nicholas Rayment Composer DJ TR!P With Ursula Mills

Sydney Theatre Company presents A Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia Production

KRYPTONITE A NEW PLAY by Sue Smith WORLD PREMIERE

The trifecta: power, money, love Following a residency with us in 2012, established film and television writer Sue Smith (best known for the series Brides of Christ and more recently the telemovie Mabo) sent through a draft of Kryptonite and we were immediately intrigued. Crossing through time, juggling the personal and the political, Kryptonite traces the fortunes of two students at a Sydney university as their careers and relationships intertwine, peak and implode.

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Dylan is a carefree, charming Aussie bloke and Lian a shy international student. Over the years their paths cross; he has become a politician whose career is solidly in ascendance while she has finally returned to China as a senior executive. Life experience – and personal interests – have fashioned new dissonances in their friendship. Is desire enough to transcend politics? Can they bridge the gap? Artistic Director of State Theatre Company of South Australia Geordie Brookman takes the helm of this thought-provoking world premiere production.

“ Give me your ideals. Put them in my hands. I’ll keep them safe.” Dylan

Kryptonite was co-commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company and Playwriting Australia, with the generous support of Rhonda McIver.

WHARF 1 THEATRE 1hr 30mins (no interval)

30

WARNING: strong language

Photo by Michele Aboud

11 SEP – 18 OCT



Director Declan Greene Designer David Fleischer Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis AV Designer Matthew Gingold With Paul Capsis Ash Flanders

Sydney Theatre Company presents a Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre Production

CALPURNIA DESCENDING by Sisters Grimm Created by Ash Flanders and Declan Greene WORLD PREMIERE

Lights. Camera. Capsis! Sisters Grimm (Little Mercy) return to Wharf 2 Theatre with the inimitable Paul Capsis as a delicious new accompaniment. Taking their DIY drag and high camp comic bite to hilarious new lows, Declan Greene and Ash Flanders are putting the silver-screen diva front and centre. Garbo, Collins, Davis, Taylor, Hepburn... and Beverly Dumont. She wants to be alone, but when a golden chance comes to resurrect her career and her reputation, Beverly Dumont will do what Beverly Dumont does best – scheme, scam and scream her way to stardom.

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Amidst gangsters and chorus girls, between depression and delusion, Capsis embodies all the faded razzle dazzle and touching pathos of a woman whose time has been, but whose life isn’t over. In the wings stands Violet St Clair, with cheekbones that cut glass and a body to hold on to. Is she a starry-eyed ingénue or a calculating careerist? So far, no one can tell. But, in the expert hands of Ash Flanders, we do know that she’ll be the talk of the town before the curtain descends.

“ Theatre may have changed since the Colosseum, my dear, but audiences have not. They’re still not satisfied until they’ve tasted blood.” Beverly Dumont

WHARF 2 THEATRE 1hr 20mins (no interval)

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WARNING: contains nudity and sexual references

Photo by Michele Aboud

9 OCT – 8 NOV



Director Andrew Upton With Sarah Peirse

Sydney Theatre Company by special arrangement with Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, presents

SWITZERLAND

A NEW PLAY By Joanna Murray-Smith WORLD PREMIERE

A stranger calls... Finely plotted, suspenseful and surprising, Switzerland will have you on the edge of your seat. Following the success of Fury in 2013, Joanna Murray-Smith is back in the house, bringing us another fine world premiere work. By arrangement with our friends at LA’s Geffen Playhouse – fellow Murray-Smithians who commissioned Switzerland – we are excited to present this original thriller inspired by Patricia Highsmith, renowned novelist best known for her fictional creation, the con artist Tom Ripley.

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Highsmith’s taut prose, macabre scenarios and ambivalent moral stance – in her world, the villains enjoy happy endings as often as their victims – made her one of the 20th Century’s most compelling and enigmatic crime novelists. Many of her books made it onto the silver screen – from 1951’s Hitchcock version of Strangers on a Train to 1999’s The Talented Mr Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella. The tables are turned in Switzerland and it is Patricia herself who is the central character, brought to life by the wonderful Sarah Peirse. True to its genre, Switzerland kicks off with a knock at the door – before spiralling into a grim and lively contest of wits, words and wills.

“ Love is what interests me. And love is indivisible from murder.”

Drama theatre, sydney opera house 1hr 30mins (no interval)

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WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

Photo by James Green

3 nov – 20 dec



Director Lindsay Posner Associate Director Sarah Goodes Lighting Designer Damien Cooper With Ryan Corr Eryn Jean Norvill Richard Roxburgh

Sydney Theatre Company presents

CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand adapted by Andrew Upton ORIGINAL TRANSLATION BY MARION POTTS

The nose that launched a thousand quips In wordplay and swordplay, Cyrano de Bergerac has no peer. He is a man’s man who can speak as eloquently of battle as he can of love – even though the latter has eluded him. Cursed with an enormous nose, he has resigned himself to experience love vicariously. And so, despite his feelings for Roxane, the beautiful heiress, he agrees to court her on behalf of his handsome friend Christian, who learns by heart Cyrano’s urgent, amorous poetry.

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Richard Roxburgh returns to STC to play with customary panache the title role, adding his interpretation to a stellar roll call from across the years including José Ferrer, Gerard Depardieu and Steve Martin. He is joined by Eryn Jean Norvill (Romeo and Juliet) and Ryan Corr (Sex with Strangers). Award-winning British director Lindsay Posner makes his Australian debut with this sumptuous production. Cyrano de Bergerac is a significant work in the life of STC. This will be our third new production, joining Richard Wherrett’s recordsetting 1980 season that starred John Bell and Marion Potts’ riproaring version from 1999 starring Jeremy Sims. We can’t wait to revisit this wonderful tale that proves once and for all that the brain is our greatest erogenous zone.

“ My soul is heavy today with the burden of unexpressed love.” Cyrano

Production Patrons: John and Frances Ingham

11 NOV – 20 DEC Sydney theatre 2 hrs 50mins

(including interval)

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pier group lunch 12pm Mon 13 OCT

matinee club 12pm wed 26 Nov

Photo by Michele Aboud

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SEASON OFFERS

Photos by Grant Sparkes-Carroll

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Special SEASON offers for our Season Ticket Holders ~


Director Stephen Rayne Designer Renée Mulder Lighting Designer Damien Cooper Sound Designer Steve Francis

Sydney Theatre Company AND The Australian Defence FORCE present

THE LONG WAY HOME by Daniel Keene WORLD PREMIERE

We shall overcome Created from first-hand accounts, The Long Way Home reflects the Australian Defence Force’s recent experiences on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor as well as humanitarian and disaster relief and protecting Australia’s borders. As we approach the centenary of the beginning of The Great War, Australia and the world will pause and find their own ways to explore the impact of this war on their lives and minds. Sydney Theatre Company has embarked upon an historic endeavour with the Australian Defence Force to present this major new work, taking the words and experiences of servicemen and women to create a unique, inspiring and unforgettable event.

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British director Stephen Rayne and multi-award-winning Australian writer Daniel Keene have shaped a powerful piece of theatre, featuring military personnel recovering from physical and psychological injuries. These servicemen and women will perform alongside professional actors as part of a broader rehabilitation program that will assist their recovery. We open a door on their lives while deployed on operations and illuminate the challenges of their return to everyday life. This major new work will embark on a national tour following its performances in Sydney.

“ So I signed up to do my part Gave body and soul, I gave my heart. For the people I love and the people that care To do my duty and pay my share.” Excerpt from ‘Changed Man’ by Corporal James Bromley

7 – 15 Feb Sydney theatre 2 hrs

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Photo by Australian Defence Force

Bravery



Director Rosemary Myers Composer/ Musical Director Jethro Woodward Designer Jonathon Oxlade Video Designer Chris More Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham Movement Carol Wellman Kelly With Danielle Catanzariti Jude Henshall Nathan O’Keefe Jonathon Oxlade Alirio Zavarce

Folly

Bravado

Sydney Theatre Company and sydney opera house present a windmill theatre and state theatre company of South australia production

PINOCCHIO

BASED ON THE BOOKS BY CARLO COLLODI created by Rosemary Myers with writer Julianne O’Brien

A rollicking revision of the classic tale of a wooden boy with a nose for trouble Once there was a lonely man with lots of love to give. He wanted a child so much that he carved himself a beautiful little boy. But the boy wanted the world – adventure, fame and the latest designer sneakers. He wanted more than his father could possibly give, and so he ran away to get it. This is his story. The classic tale by Carlo Collodi is given a 21st Century spin and retold as a witty, rocking, music theatre spectacular; a mix of old time theatre fun and a celebration of the ‘whatever’ generation. For kids brought up on Australian Idol, this fable of conscience and belonging is given a new dimension by the talented Windmill Theatre team that created Wizard of Oz (2009) and multi Helpmann Award-winning School Dance (2013). Rosemary Myers directs a wonderfully physical performance from Nathan O’Keefe as Pinocchio, and School Dance favourite Jonathon Oxlade charms us as Cricket. This beautifully designed show is guaranteed to be feel-good fun for all the family.

Healing Invention Generation Gap Home

“ Enough wit and magic to keep all the family spellbound” The Age

Ambition

Rhinomegaly

Family Program Patron: Gretel Packer

DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE 2 hrs 10mins

(INcluding interval)

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under 16s price $40

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 7+

Photo by Shane Reid

11 APR – 4 MAY



Musical Director Phillip Scott Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall With Jonathan Biggins Amanda Bishop Drew Forsythe Phillip Scott

Sydney Theatre Company and Bank of America Merrill Lynch present

THE WHARF REVUE 2014 Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott

Time has not wearied them Everyone’s favourite lampoonists return in their 15th year for a special edition of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott bring us another all-new, up-to-the-minute dose of their keenly observed comic sketches. Look out for some of your most – and least! – loved public figures as they are paraded in all their glory for your delectation.

Folly

Featuring an array of characters for you to identify from a carefully-chosen line-up of heroes and villains, fools and wits, clowns and crazies that have been strutting our political stages. Keating, Gillard, Howard, Hawke, Rudd and Abbott and many more. This brilliant blend of side-splitting sketches and musical mayhem never fails to amuse. Vicious, malicious but most of all delicious.

Bravado

Healing Invention Generation Gap Home Mortality

“ Lest we forget, creators Biggins, Forsythe and Scott deserve Orders of Oz for services to satire.” Crikey

Rhinomegaly

Presenting sponsor

Associate sponsor

22 OCT – 20 DEC wharf 1 theatre 1hr 30mins (no interval)

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Illustration by Collider Photos by Mark Nolan, Tracey Schramm

Ambition





All figures from 2012 Annual Report unless stated otherwise

WHAT YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT ~

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Theatre is a people and skills-intensive industry, and while ticket buyers cover an incredible 64% of STC’s annual operating budget, that alone cannot cover all the costs of a production. Even after base subsidies from the Federal and State Governments and sponsorship agreements, we still need to secure an additional 18% each year to deliver our program. The bulk of this amount is made up through donations and the added support we hope to receive from people who appreciate what we do. So thank you. We look forward to continuing to make great theatre with you.

While some larger gifts help to get us over the line, last year 44% of the donations we received were under $50. We know that the cost of a Season Ticket is a significant commitment. But if you like what you see, please consider giving a small additional gift in support of STC.

Throughout the brochure you may have noticed this button. It designates programming choices that were made possible through the generosity of our donor family.

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SUGGESTED SHOW COMBINATIONS ~

As long as you choose between 6 and 13 plays from the main 2014 season you can build your own Season Ticket with our flexible package system. Or you can let us help you find the perfect combination.

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You’re guaranteed a big night in the theatre with this lot. Travelling North Noises Off Macbeth Children of the Sun Switzerland Cyrano de Bergerac Plus Pinocchio

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Like your theatre hot off the press? We present the following new works. Fight Night M.Rock The Effect Children of the Sun Kryptonite Calpurnia Descending Switzerland Plus The Long Way Home

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If you love a good postshow yarn in The Bar Rollicking farces, then here are some pastiches, satires and perfect shows for you. black comedies: here Travelling North are the shows which Fight Night Perplex will make you laugh. The Effect Kryptonite Switzerland Plus The Long Way Home

Travelling North Noises Off Perplex Mojo Calpurnia Descending Cyrano de Bergerac Plus The Wharf Revue

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From Elizabethan frills to 70s flares, enjoy some of 2014’s period pieces. Travelling North Noises Off Mojo Children of the Sun Calpurnia Descending Cyrano de Bergerac

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If you like your theatre without an interval so you’re home in time for bed, these are for you. Fight Night Perplex M.Rock Kryptonite Calpurnia Descending Switzerland Plus The Wharf Revue


TICKET PRICES ~

CYRANO DE BERGERAC ~ Discounted prices are one of the key benefits of being a Season Ticket Holder. Purchase between 6 and 13 shows from our main 2014 season and you will receive the discounted prices detailed here: up to 20% off casual ticket prices. Our Season Ticket packages are completely flexible. All you have to do is choose at least 6 shows from our main season. After that, you can purchase Additional Tickets for family and friends, and enjoy discounts on our ‘Season Offers’.

SEASON TICKET PRICES Season Ticket Holders save up to 20% on casual ticket prices. All of the productions below can be selected as part of your Season Ticket package, as long as you have a minimum of 6.

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Saturday Evening $93 $93 $93 $85 $85 $85 $85 $85 $85 $55 $55 $55 $30

Prices are arranged in four tiers, starting from $30. Prices are also detailed on your booking form and online. Due to popular demand and limited capacity we charge a flat rate for Saturday evenings and preview performances. If you hold a Seniors Card, are a concession cardholder or are aged under 30, you receive a discount on full ticket prices for performances except Saturday evenings and Previews.

All-Play Season Ticket Holders: If you choose all 13 plays in the main 2014 season and we receive your booking form before 1 Dec 2013 we will give you a free ticket for a friend as a special gift.

Adult

Concession

$87 $87 $87 $83 $83 $83 $83 $83 $83 $50 $50 $50 $30

$65 $65 $65 $63 $63 $63 $63 $63 $63 $35 $35 $35 $30

Seniors Cardholder $76 $76 $76 $73 $73 $73 $73 $73 $73 $40 $40 $40 $30

Preview

Under 30

$70 $70 $70 $69 $69 $69 $69 $69 $69 $40 $40 $40 $30

$50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $30 $30 $30 $30


ADDITIONAL TICKET PRICES

We know that when you purchase your Season Ticket, there are some shows that you like to attend with your friends. That’s why you can purchase Additional Tickets to shows in the season while you’re buying your Season Ticket. Not only that, but your friends can enjoy the special prices listed below.

Noises Off Macbeth Cyrano de Bergerac Travelling North Mojo The Effect Kryptonite Children of the Sun Switzerland Fight Night Perplex Calpurnia Descending M.Rock

Saturday Evening $102 $102 $102 $94 $94 $94 $94 $94 $94 $62 $62 $62 $33

You must provide valid proof of Concession status

Concession

$95 $95 $95 $91 $91 $91 $91 $91 $91 $57 $57 $57 $33

$71 $71 $71 $69 $69 $69 $69 $69 $69 $38 $38 $38 $33

We are offering our Season Ticket Holders an exclusive opportunity to buy some exciting extra shows before we release casual tickets to the public.

Pinocchio The Wharf Revue The Long Way Home

You can purchase a Concession ticket if: • you are an Australian full time student • you are an Australian Pensioner • you hold an Australian Health Care Card • you are on Unemployment benefit

Adult

special SEASON offers

Saturday Evening $63 $57 $41

CONCESSIONS

Seniors Cardholder $82 $82 $82 $79 $79 $79 $79 $79 $79 $46 $46 $46 $33

Preview

Under 30

$76 $76 $76 $76 $76 $76 $76 $76 $76 $43 $43 $43 $33

$54 $54 $54 $54 $54 $54 $54 $54 $54 $33 $33 $33 $33

Get your hands on the best available seats in the house and enjoy discounted tickets for The Wharf Revue 2014, The Long Way Home and Pinocchio, alongside your 2014 Season Ticket purchase.

Adult Concession Seniors Cardholder $63 $45 $53 $57 $45 $50 $41 $27 $31

Preview Under 30 Under 16 $40 $50 $31

$40 $27

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HOW TO BOOK ~

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BOOK ONLINE

Simply log on to sydneytheatre.com.au/2014 select your plays and follow the online booking instructions.

You can book online unless: • You are booking for a group of 10 or more • Some of your companions wish to see different productions as part of their Season Ticket • You have access requirements or wish to book wheelchair seats If any of the above apply you must book your Season Ticket by filling out our form

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BOOK BY POST

You can fill in your Season Ticket booking form (mailed in your pack or available online from sydneytheatre.com.au/2014) and send it to the STC Box Office for our staff to process for you.

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BOOK BY EMAIL

Download an editable PDF booking form from sydneytheatre.com.au/2014 fill it out and mail it back to us at seasontickets@ sydneytheatre.com.au and leave the rest to us!

Renewing Season Ticket Holders will have their forms processed on a first come, first served basis from Tue 17 Sep 2013. New Season Ticket Holders will be processed in the order of receipt on Tue 15 Oct 2013.


CHOOSE • Browse the 2014 Season Brochure. • Forward the ebook to your friends from sydneytheatre.com.au/2014 • Check out our suggested show combinations on page 50. • Read the Magazine online sydneytheatre.com.au/ magazine

NEW IN 2014

All productions in 2014 will have allocated seating: there are no General Admission productions.

Thank you for your feedback on our new online ticketing system for the 2013 season. In response, we have implemented the following developments for 2014: • You can now pay for your Season Ticket by deferred payment online (by credit card only) • We know our website will experience high levels of demand, so we’ve implemented a waiting room to limit the number of people in the cart at any one time. We welcome any further feedback. Please email seasontickets@sydneytheatre.com.au

If you book all 13 plays in our main 2014 season we will give you a free ticket to introduce a friend to the joys of STC.

CHECKLIST

Before you book, make sure you have on hand:

your final play choices

your preferred dates

fellow ticketholders’ details

proof of concession if applicable

special seating requirements if applicable

personal and payment details

GET IN EARLY

Send us your form or get online as soon as you can. For the 2013 season some shows sold out during the Season Ticket Holder priority booking period, so it’s worth your while not to leave it too late! During the priority booking period we process the booking forms which we receive from 2013 Season Ticket Holders in order of receipt. If you didn’t purchase a Season Ticket in 2013 you can still send us your form, and we’ll process it in order of receipt from Tuesday 15 October.

REMEMBER

Renewing Season Ticket Holders have a priority booking window from Tue 17 Sep–Tue 15 Oct 2013.

When booking online you’ll have 60 minutes to complete your transaction from the moment the first seat is reserved, so make sure you have all your information to hand before starting to purchase. As the seat selection is live for renewing Season Ticket Holders, you will not be able to save your work and come back later!




venues ~

The Wharf

Sydney Theatre

Drama Theatre

The Wharf is Sydney Theatre Company’s home base located at Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, which houses Wharf 1 and 2 Theatres and The Bar.

The largest space we perform in is Sydney Theatre, 150 metres west of The Wharf on Hickson Road opposite Pier 6/7.

We’re the resident theatre company at Sydney Opera House, and perform in the Drama Theatre located on the western side of the House.

Dining The Bar at the End of the Wharf is a comfortable, relaxed space perfect for affordable pre- and post-theatre dining and drinks. At Sydney Theatre, Hickson Road Bistro opens for dinner two hours before every performance and lunch every Wednesday and Saturday on matinee days.

Visit 131500.com.au or call 131 500 for more detail.

We operate two free shuttle buses to transport patrons to and from all STC season matinee performances at The Wharf and Sydney Theatre on Wednesdays and Saturdays (excluding Schools Days).

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Parking The Sydney Opera House car park is a public car park located at the northern end of Macquarie Street, adjacent to the Forecourt.

Parking While on-street metered parking is available in Walsh Bay, we recommend parking at one of the two parking stations located along Hickson Road. Season Ticket Holders can access discounted parking at both parking stations. Details will be sent with your benefits card.

Getting to Walsh Bay Circular Quay railway station, bus and ferry terminus is the closest public transport hub. The Wharf and Sydney Theatre are a brisk 15-minute walk from Circular Quay. Limited bus services are available in the evenings.

WALSH BAY

Transport Circular Quay railway station, bus and ferry terminus is the closest public transport hub. There is a free shuttle operating from Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House. For more details visit sydneyoperahouse.com


access ~

Dates for all access performances are indicated on the 2014 performance calendar; please specify your requirements at the time of booking to make use of our services. Seating Seating is available toward the front of each auditorium for the use of vision impaired or hearing impaired patrons. Audio Described Performances During the 2014 season we have extended our audio descriptions series to include Friday evening performances. For blind and vision impaired patrons we have programmed audio described performances of the following productions in 2014: The Long Way Home, Noises Off, Pinocchio, Macbeth, Children of the Sun, Switzerland and Cyrano de Bergerac. Our Audio Description service provides a live commentary, by trained describers, interspersed with the actors’ dialogue. Description is heard through an earpiece connected to a transmitter. There is also a tactile tour before each audio described performance, where you will be able to explore the set and costumes. Guide Dogs Guide dogs can be taken into the auditorium. Please mention this upon booking and you’ll be offered an aisle seat, and told about any special effects that might affect your dog’s comfort. Alternatively, guide dogs can be left in the care of Front of House staff.

Hearing Enhancement and Headsets Hearing enhancement systems are available in all theatres. The Infrared System (available at the Drama Theatre) caters for those without hearing aids by using a headset available from the theatre’s Front of House staff. The Induction Loop system (available in Wharf 1 Theatre, Wharf 2 Theatre, Sydney Theatre and Drama Theatre) caters for those with hearing aids with T switches. Captioned Performances In 2014, we will be offering captioned performances for the following productions: The Long Way Home, Noises Off, Pinocchio, Macbeth, Children of the Sun, Switzerland and Cyrano de Bergerac. Captioning allows deaf and hearing impaired patrons to follow on-stage dialogue in real time. Auslan Interpreted Performances In 2014, we will be offering Auslan interpreted performances of the following productions: Macbeth, Children of the Sun and Switzerland. A block of seats is reserved for deaf and hearing impaired patrons to ensure a good view of both the interpreter(s) and the stage. Please ensure you indicate your requirements at the time of booking to make use of this service.

Wheelchair Access At the Wharf Theatres Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the Wharf 1 and Wharf 2 Theatres. We have a lift at The Wharf, to the right of our box office, which allows level access from Hickson Road to both theatres and The Bar at the End of the Wharf. At Sydney Theatre Wheelchair accessible seating is available in Sydney Theatre. Level access is available from Hickson Road. At the Drama Theatre Wheelchair accessible seating is available at the Drama Theatre. The Sydney Opera House has a lift from the lower concourse to the Drama Theatre level, located in the corridor opposite the Sydney Opera House Shop. There are limited accessible parking spaces on level 1 of the Sydney Opera House car park for holders of RTA disabled person parking permits. Car spaces on level 6 also have direct lift and undercover access. Please contact the Sydney Opera House directly for parking enquiries or bookings (02) 9247 7599. We’re here to help! Please contact the STC Box Office to discuss your particular needs or concerns so we can ensure your comfort and enjoyment. Remember to indicate your requirements at the time of booking your Season Ticket. Call us on (02) 9250 1777 or email boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au Learn more at: sydneytheatre.com.au/access


JOIN IN ~

STC is so much more than the plays you see on stage. Get involved. QUIZ THE ACTORS

BE PREPARED

You can ask questions of the actors if you purchase a ticket to the performances marked ‘AN WA’ (Audi Night with the Actors) on the website or calendar. After the show, the cast will come back on stage and you can find out more about their experience of making the work.

About two weeks before most opening nights we hold a Pre-Season Briefing at The Wharf with the cast and key creatives. This is your perfect chance to find out more about the creative process which will help you get more out of the play when you see it. Briefings are listed on the calendar and on the production pages online. Seats can be reserved online a month prior to each briefing. Sign up to our enews at sydneytheatre.com.au/enews to find out more.

Acting should be bigger than life. Bette Davis

The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart. Sam Rayburn

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso

Acting is happy agony. Jean-Paul Sartre

The theatre is a weapon, and it is the people who should wield it. Augusto Boal

An actor is one who uncovers and incorporates the secrets of words. Stella Adler

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GO BACK STAGE Our online magazine is your doorway into the wonderful world of theatre. Meet the key players, including actors, designers, directors, playwrights, composers and STC staff members. Learn about the themes and inspirations for our productions, explore our treasure trove of archival material, watch video interviews and browse image galleries, all at sydneytheatre.com.au/magazine


GET SOCIAL Find us on Facebook facebook.com/SydneyTheatreCompany Follow us on Twitter twitter.com/sydneytheatreco

SAVE ON A PROGRAM

Sign up to our enews sydneytheatre.com.au/enews

JOIN THE Matinee club If you like to attend our mid-week matinee performances and would like to meet likeminded theatre-lovers, come along to the Matinee Club. 2014 Matinee Club dates: Travelling North Wed 19 Feb Macbeth Wed 13 Aug Cyrano de Bergerac Wed 26 Nov

12-1pm 12-1pm 12-1pm

Our programs will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the plays in 2014. Packed with background information on the show and its key creatives, interesting facts, commissioned essays, full biographical information and the latest STC news, you can’t afford NOT to have them. Pick one up in the foyer when you come to see the show for $10, or purchase with your Season Ticket for only $8 each. Programs will be available for the following 2014 productions: Travelling North, The Long Way Home, Noises Off, Perplex, Pinocchio, Mojo, The Effect, Macbeth, Kryptonite, Children of the Sun, Switzerland and Cyrano de Bergerac.

HAVE LUNCH WITH THE ARTISTS Go behind the scenes of some of the 2014 Season’s most anticipated productions at a Pier Group Lunch. Open to all lovers and supporters of theatre, and hosted by Pier Group co-founder and patron Anne Schofield AM, the lunches are held at The Bar at the End of the Wharf and include a delicious two-course meal and exclusive discussion with the actors, directors and famous faces behind the curtain. All funds raised support the immediate and evolving needs of STC. 2014 lunches: Travelling North Mon 16 Dec 2013 12–2pm Noises Off Tue 28 Jan 12–2pm Mojo Mon 28 Apr 12–2pm Macbeth Mon 16 Jun 12–2pm Children of the Sun Mon 4 Aug 12–2pm Cyrano de Bergerac Mon 13 Oct 12–2pm All lunches include a two-course meal, glass of wine and discussion for $75pp. To book, call the Box Office on (02) 9250 1777. Transaction fees waived. Anne Schofield and the Pier Group also host The Wharf Revue Gala each year. In 2014, it will be held on Tue 21 Oct at 8.00pm. You can book for the Gala on your booking form or call the Box Office.

DISCOVER HOT NEW TALENT (FOR FREE!) Our Rough Drafts program helps artists develop works for the stage. Rough Drafts are weeklong creative developments that take place throughout the year and culminate in free, hourlong public showings. Come and get an insight into the practice of Australia’s up-and-coming theatremakers (best followed by drinks at The Bar at the End of the Wharf). Sign up to the STC’s enews to keep up-to-date with 2014 Rough Drafts.


STC COMMUNITY ~

EDUCATION

GREENING

In 2014, even more NSW students and teachers will experience an outstanding collection of high quality theatre with dedicated schools performances of Travelling North, Noises Off, Pinocchio, The Effect, Macbeth, Kryptonite, Children of the Sun, Switzerland and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as discounted tickets and extensive classroom materials. Operating for over 30 years, the STC education program lets young people experience the best that Australia and the world has to offer. This is particularly important for those who may be experiencing theatre for the first time.

Our Greening The Wharf project transformed the beautiful, heritage-listed Wharf building into an inspirational example of environmental leadership. Completed in 2011, the award-winning project is widely considered to be an exemplar in its scale and comprehensive approach. The archival website shares case studies and lessons with students and our industry peers.

Pinocchio is a great offering for primary schools, and is further supported through the primary teacher professional learning program School Drama™ as well as related series of teacher workshops. Find out more or request a dedicated education brochure at sydneytheatre.com.au/stced

PRECINCT The cultural hub of Walsh Bay mixes a rich history with vibrant creativity and panoramic harbour views. Maritime wharves have been converted to gorgeous apartments while others house performing arts venues, theatres, restaurants and cafes. Before or after your theatre experience, come and enjoy what has for so long been Sydney’s best kept secret.

For more visit greeningthewharf.com

TOURS Our beautiful, heritage-listed Wharf building on the iconic Sydney Harbour is home to our busy theatre company. This is where it all happens – we build sets, paint scenery, make costumes and props and put on performances. In addition, the building is now an inspirational example of environmental leadership. Tours of The Wharf and Sydney Theatre provide a taste of what happens behind the scenes. Public tours are held every Tuesday at 10.30am and take approximately 60 minutes. Tours cost $10 per person, and bookings are essential. Call the STC Box Office on (02) 9250 1777

Photos by Grant Sparkes-Carroll

Find out more at walshbaysydney.com

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THE BAR AT THE END OF THE WHARF ~

Cyrano, Cyrano de Bergerac ~

Drop by pre- or post-show to The Bar at the End of the Wharf and enjoy a bite to eat, a languorous meal, a game of pool or just drink up the delicious view. Coffee and breakfast on the balcony sofas is surely the best way to start the day. Light lunches keep the local workers on the go during the week. Shareplates and full meals feed theatre-goers before the hop up the stairs to The Wharf Theatres or the brisk walk over to Sydney Theatre for the show.


THANK YOU ~

STC Life Patrons Sydney Theatre Company would like to acknowledge the following individuals and foundations who have demonstrated their deep and enduring engagement with STC. Their length of association and level of financial support has helped build the theatre company we are today. Mr Giorgio Armani Shi Family Foundation Ian and Min Darling Gretel Packer The Pier Group (Chair Anne Schofield AM) David and Claire Paradice The Caledonia Foundation Anonymous Catriona and Simon Mordant AM W&A Johnson Family Foundation Origin Foundation David Gonski AC and Orli Wargon OAM Roslyn Packer AO Ilse and Cameron O’Reilly Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Minderoo Foundation Julie and Stephen Fitzgerald John and Frances Ingham Carla Zampatti AC Andrew Stuart Sydney Theatre Company Foundation Ann Johnson (Chair) Andrew Stuart (Deputy Chair) Cate Blanchett Nick Greiner AC Judi Hausmann Justin Miller Peter Miller Gretel Packer Matthew Playfair

2013 Major Donors $100,000 and above David Gonski AC and Orli Wargon OAM, Catriona & Simon Mordant AM, Origin Foundation, Gretel Packer, Mrs Roslyn Packer AO $50,000–$99,999 The Caledonia Foundation, Julie and Stephen Fitzgerald, The Johnson Family Foundation, John & Frances Ingham, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Carla Zampatti AC $25,000–$49,999 Anonymous (2), Anita & Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation, Ian & Min Darling, Craig & Bernadette Drummond, Prudence MacLeod, Andrew Messenger, David and Claire Paradice, Petre Foundation, The STC Pier Group, Ms Rebel PenfoldRussell OAM, Anthony & Rebecca Puharich, John Symond AM, Andrew Upton & Cate Blanchett, Will & Jane Vicars $15,000–$24,999 Ms Jillian Broadbent AO, John and Julie Connolly, The Girgensohn Foundation, Mr Robert Hansen & Dr Annabelle Farnsworth, Hausmann Communications, Mark & Anne Lazberger, Sarah Whyte, Phillip and Suzy Wolanski Chairman’s Council Mr Neil Balnaves AO, Catherine and Phillip Brenner, Michael Carapiet & Helen Carapiet, Mr and Mrs Robin and Judy Crawford, Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM, Ian & Min Darling, Craig & Bernadette Drummond, Julie and Stephen Fitzgerald, David Gonski AC and Orli Wargon OAM, John M Green & Jenny Green, John & Frances Ingham, Mark & Anne Lazberger, Danita R. Lowes & David M. Fite, MacKenzie Family, Andrew Messenger, David and Claire Paradice, Robert Purves AM, Ian & Kelly Saines, Mr Fred Street AM & Mrs Dorothy Street, Mr Andrew Stuart, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Kim Williams AM & Catherine Dovey, Graeme Wood AM Donations to Sydney Theatre Company are recognised for 12 months from the date of donation. This listing is current as at 8 Aug 2013.

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partners ~

Sydney Theatre Company celebrates the support of our valued partners Major Sponsors

Government Support

Sydney Theatre Company is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW

Sydney Theatre Company is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Presenting Sponsors

Accommodation Partner

Associate Sponsors

Media Partner

Premium Season Sponsors

Sydney Theatre Sponsor

Season Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors ACMN MARKETING & ADVERTISING

Flick Pest Control and Flick Hygiene Services

Tourism & Transport Forum

For further information contact Paul O’Byrne, Director, Community and Corporate Partnerships on (02) 9250 1995


contact details ~

Artistic Director Andrew Upton

The STC 2014 program is printed on KW Doggett, Impact.

Executive Director Patrick McIntyre

Made with a carbon neutral manufacturing process* Impact is FSC COC certified and consists of 100% post consumer waste recycled fibre.

STC Board David Gonski AC (Chairman) The Hon. Bruce Baird AM Jonathan Biggins Toni Cody John Connolly Ann Johnson Martin McCallum Patrick McIntyre Justin Miller Simon Mordant AM Sam Mostyn Daniel Petre AO Andrew Stuart Andrew Upton Peter Young AM Brochure credits Design by Collider Photography styled by Renée Mulder Printed by Special T Box Office The Wharf Pier 4 Hickson Road Walsh Bay NSW 2000 Australia Telephone (612) 9250 1777 Facsimile (612) 9247 3584 Toll-Free 1800 467 993 (non-metro NSW) boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au sydneytheatre.com.au Administration PO Box 777 Millers Point NSW 2000 Australia Telephone (612) 9250 1700

Sydney Theatre Company is a member of AMPAG

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*Mill use 86% renewable energy, meaning emissions generated by producing Impact are very low. The remaining unavoidable CO2 emissions are compensated for by promoting controlled emission reduction projects. Sydney Theatre Company Ltd A company limited by guarantee and incorporated in New South Wales. ABN 87 001 667 983 sydneytheatre.com.au Details in this brochure are correct at time of publication. Sydney Theatre Company reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and to vary the program and prices. Full terms and conditions of sale available at sydneytheatre.com.au Please note that from time to time our productions may include smoke effects, smoking on stage, strobe effects, nudity, coarse language and loud music. Where we have information about the production, we have included warnings on each production page. At the time of performance we will also provide notice in the foyers of our theatres and on our website.

Season Ticket Competition terms and conditions The prize is valid until 30.06.2014. If the prize is not claimed by this date, it will become void. Business class is only available on selected flights operated by Qantas Airways. The flight tickets cannot be used on services which are operated by another airline but which have a Qantas flight number (known as ‘codeshare services’); nor can they be used on Jetstar services or Qantas regional airline services under the QantasLink brand. The Saffire Freycinet stay is to be taken as a total package. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply. Any additional requirements will be charged to your account and must be settled prior to your departure. The lunch at The Source restaurant has a maximum total value of $200. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash or other goods or services. NSW Permit number LTPS/13/06614



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