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Michael Gow's Away

1h 54m Theatrical, Drama, Arts 2018

Produced by Australian Theatre Live.

SYNOPSIS: It is summer 1967, and three families head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its future.

A triptych of glorious mothers—one recovering from the loss of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go—are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time of rejuvenation.

Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production of Away unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressures of family secrets swell and gather into a storm, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.

CRITICS:

“Remarkably timeless…Captivating…Lutton’s epic, darkly trippy production powerfully expands our appreciation of a much-studied modern classic” — Sydney Morning Herald

“Lutton’s production is a tribute to—and perhaps also a revelation of—the core strength of Gow’s play” — Time Out

“Inventive, tightly-wound, warm, passionate, and compassionate…a totally absorbing piece of theatre” — Daily Review

CREDITS: For Sydney Theatre Company.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / Kip Williams

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / Patrick McIntyre

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / Paige Rattray

SENIOR PRODUCER / Ben White

COMPANY MANAGER / Sarah Stait

ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR / Jonathan Ware

DIRECTOR FINANCE & ADMIN / Francisca Peña

DIRECTOR MARKETING / Nicole McPeake

EDUCATION MANAGER / John Nicholas Saunders

DIRECTOR TECHNICAL PRODUCTION / Jono Perry

For Malthouse Theatre

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-CEO / Matthew Lutton

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & CO-CEO / Sarah Neal

PRODUCER / Toby Sullivan

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / Jason Tamiru

COMPANY MANAGER / Marline Zaibak

FINANCE MANAGER / Mario Agostinoni

GENERAL MANAGER / Annie Bourke

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER /Caraline Douglas

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / Fiona Kelly

YOUTH & EDUCATION MANAGER / Vanessa O’Neill

Writer

Michael Gow

Director

Matthew Lutton

Producer

Grant Dodwell

Producer

Peter Hiscock

Producer

Raj Sidhu

Choreography

Stephanie Lake

Sound Designer

J. David Franzke

Lighting Designer

Paul Jackson

Set Design

Dale Ferguson

Language

English

Country

Australia

Studio

Australian National Theatre Live

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