Siren Theatre Co presents
The Trouble with Harry
By Lachlan Philpott
16 Feb – 3 March, 7.30pm
Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre
Cnr City Rd & Cleveland Street, Chippendale
“An eloquent example of what grown¬up, gender ¬conscious theatre is capable of achieving…it is a play which all those interested in our ongoing evolution as sentient social beings would benefit from seeing. What is ‘authentic’ and unalterable in human nature, and what is up for negotiation? The Trouble with Harry doesn’t answer these questions definitively, but poses them with particular intelligence and acuity.” Terry Blain - Irish Theatre Magazine
Director Kate Gaul
Designer Alice Morgan
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Cast: Thomas Campbell, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Jodie Le Vesconte, Jonas Thomson,
Niki Owen, Jane Phegan
Harry Crawford - born Eugena Falleni – lived in Sydney as a man and married twice. He, his wife Annie, and her son, lead an ordinary life in the suburbs of 1920s Sydney. Until a knock at the door and the arrival of a young woman sets in train a series of events that will result in an astounding revelation – and, ultimately, sow the seeds of bloody murder.
This play creates a world which is both of historic detail and very deliberately NOW. Philpott’s fierce political intelligence ignites a flame for all who are forced to live a lie. Lachlan’s poised poetic text overlaps, interweaves, dances with intelligent observation and seering drama. This is a rollicking good yarn and a breathtaking peek into the souls and lives of others.
Under the astute direction of Kate Gaul this cracking cast promise ferocious performances and a theatrical world where we can imagine Falleni and the social mores that moulded and haunted her every waking moment.
The season includes Artists’ talks and a forum on gender identity through history – see website for details.
“Without doubt, this is the best new play to come out of this country in a long while…A play that is unafraid to navigate the clichés of the Aussie period drama, that cuts into our cultural prejudice and unresolved gender assumptions, that squarely lays the blame back in the laps of its audience, is a play worth seeing. That it is also poetic and rich and moving renders it unmissable.” Tim Byrne - Time Out Melbourne