Dead Centre/Sea Wall
“Sea Wall plunges us suddenly into deep water, a 30-minute tour de force” (Timeout London) *****
“[Sea Wall] One of the most devastating 30 minutes that you are ever likely to experience in the theatre.” (The Guardian) *****
“The extraordinary power of Sea Wall is that it is concerned with both the domestic and the majestic. ‘Why?’ is the unspoken question that resonates around the theatre.” (The Guardian)
“I tell you… This country… There is something else going on here. Something that no-one talks about.”
A man and a woman are torn apart by a tragic loss. Bound together by their shared pain but living thousands of miles apart.
From two different continents, and two leading playwrights, comes an exhilarating double bill that explores the lives of two seemingly unconnected people in unexpected and heart-rending ways.
In Tom Holloway’s Dead Centre we meet Helen, who packs her bags and leaves Britain inspired by a Fosters ad, journeying to the land of Neighbours and Uluru in search of solace. In Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall, Alex’s story begins full of smiles as he speaks about his wife, visiting her father in the South of France, having a daughter, photography, and the bottom of the sea. But all is not as it seems.
Directed by Julian Meyrick, these beautifully written companion pieces explore family, place and how we deal with things that cannot be undone.
Spend the Evening at Theatre Republic and see two shows in one night for $45.
Join us in the Theatre Republic Garden Bar on Friday 18 September at 8.55pm, as we chat to artists from Dead Centre Sea Wall. Check out the full line-up of our Free festival Artist Chats in the Theatre Republic Garden Bar.
Rosie Lockhart | Ben Prendergast
Set & Lighting Designer
Composer & Sound Designer
Rosie Lockhart, Actor (Helen)
Rosie has been a member of Red Stitch Actors Theatre since early 2013 after her turn in Penelope. As a Graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Bachelor of Dramatic Art (2012), Rosie is passionate about creating new Australian work. She has spent most of 2014 collaborating with Arthur, a Theatre Company devising The Myth Project: Twin (MTC Neon) and The Mesh by Elise Hearst premiering at Red Stitch in October 2014. Further theatre credits include This Year’s Ashes, Straight and Foxfinder (Red Stitch). Born and raised in Tamworth NSW, Rosie completed a BA (Media & Communications) at The University of Sydney and The Actor (part time NIDA) before moving to Melbourne to further her training. VCA credits include Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Merchant of Venice, Doubt and Crimes of the Heart. Television credits include Offspring and Winners & Losers (2014).
Ben Prendergast, Actor (Alex)
Ben Prendergast joined the Red Stitch ensemble in 2013 and has appeared in The Pride, Midsummer, Straight, and NSFW. A native Melbournian, Ben started his performance life as an indie musician, before the worlds of Theatre, Film and TV beckoned. Most recently Ben has appeared in the feature films Predestination (Ethan Hawke), The Last Dance, and TV shows The Frontier (NBC), The Dr Blake
Mysteries, and Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries.
Julian Meyrick, Director
Professor of Creative Arts, Flinders University. Artistic Counsel State Theatre Company South Australia. Honorary Associate, La Trobe University. Honorary Fellow, Deakin University. Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company 2002-07. kickhouse theatre artistic director 1989-98. Founder member and Deputy Chair of PlayWriting Australia 2004-09. Member of the federal government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group 2008-10. Director of many award-winning theatre productions, most recently Angela’s Kitchen, which attracted the
2012 Helpmann for Best Australian Work. Director of the inaugural production of Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? And winner of the 1998 Green Room Award for Best Director on the Fringe. Responsible for expanding the Affiliate Writers Scheme at MTC and for initiating the Hard Lines new play development program. As an academic, he has published histories of the Nimrod Theatre and the MTC, a Currency House Platform Paper, and numerous articles on Australian theatre, cultural policy and contemporary dramaturgy. He is currently completing a series of case studies from Australian theatre in the 1980s focusing on the relationship between creative practice and arts funding.
Simon Stephens, Playwright
Having taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. His writing is characterised as part of the in-yer-face generation and is widely performed not only in the UK but also throughout Europe, with several of his plays being premiered abroad. Along with Dennis Kelly, he is one of the most performed English-language writers in Germany. The Cherry Orchard (2014), Carmen Distruption (2014), Blindsided (2014), Birdland (2014) incorporating Sea Wall and T5 , The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2012), A Doll's House (2012), Three Kingdoms (2011), Estonia, I Am The Wind (2011), Wastwater (2011), The Trial of Ubu (2010) , T5 (2010), A Thousand Stars Explode in the
Sky (2010), Marine Parade (2010) Punk Rock (2009), Canopy of Stars (2008), Sea
Wall (2008), Pornography (2007), Harper Regan (2007), Motortown (2006), On the Shore of the Wide World (2005), Country Music (2004), Christmas (2004), One Minute (2003), Port (2002), Herons (2001), Bluebird (1998), Bring Me Sunshine (1997). Awards The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2013, Punk Rock was nominated at the TMA Awards for Best New Play in 2010, and was also nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play in 2010, Pornography won the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play in 2008, On the Shore of The Wide World won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2005, One Minute won at the Tron Theatre Awards as Best New Play in 2003,Port won the Pearson Award for Best New Play in 2001.
Red Stitch sews up a delicate theatrical partnership (The Age) - View article
Red Stitch Actors Theatre to Present Dead Centre and Sea Wall - View article
“I tell you… This country… There is something else going on here. Something that no-one talks about.” - View article
Dead Centre/Sea Wall review: Love, loss and domestic horror in double bill from Red Stitch (The Age - Entertainment)- View article
Dead Centre/Sea Wall review (dailyreview.crikey.com) - View article
Impressive and powerful as always (theatrepress.com.au) - View article
Red Stitch gives us its most exquisite offering of the year with this new production (Stage Whispers) - View article
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