A Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia Co-production

The Events

By David Greig

Starring Catherine McClements in a moving exploration of community and healing.

25 Jul – 28 Jul


The most difficult question to answer is always "why?"

A mesmerising piece of playwriting – generous, compassionate and subtle, The Events stars one of Australia’s most powerful actors, the brilliant Catherine McClements (TV’s Water Rats, Rush), joined on stage each night by a choir from our own local community, in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.

McClements plays Claire, a minister and leader of a community choir that regularly meets in a local town hall. When a young man enters the hall and opens fire, her beloved community – and the ideals that sustain it – is blown apart. In the aftermath, questions are asked and resolutions sought. Could he have been stopped? And how do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?

The hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, The Events is award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig’s (Midsummer - A Play with Songs) response to the violence unleashed by a Norwegian white supremacist in 2011. It is stunningly brought to life in this production from three of Australia’s flagship theatre companies. It is a deeply important, poignant and challenging story of hope and healing.

Review

"McClement's performance is exceptional...It was impossible not to be moved" - Sydney Morning Herald

“The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.” - Stage Whispers

"Claire’s community chorus – the ‘one big crazy tribe’– lifted the show, finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.” - Daily Review

Free Talking Point
The Events - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 28 July, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Image: Catherine McClements with One World Choral. Photo by Brett Boardman



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Venue Information

Venue
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre

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Cast & Creative Team

Director
Claire Watson

Set & Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Lighting Director
Richard Vabre

Musical Director
Luke Byrne

Composer
John Browne

Fight Choreographer
Scott Witt

Cast
Luke Byrne
Johnny Carr
Catherine McClements and local choirs

Details

Pricing
Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Pens/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 25 Jul, 7.30pm
Thu 26 Jul, 6.30pm
Fri 27 Jul, 7.30pm
Sat 28 Jul, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A:
Thu 26 Jul, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 28 Jul, 12pm

Audio Description & Captioning:
Sat 28 Jul, 1.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)

Tickets On Sale
10am Monday 15 January 2018