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.
"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
Commenting is provided by Facebook. Merrigong Theatre Company reserves the right to remove comments.
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre
Set & Lighting Designer
Catherine McClements and local choirs
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.
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
Sat 28 Jul, 12pm
Audio Description & Captioning:
Sat 28 Jul, 1.30pm
Approx. 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)
Tickets On Sale 10am Monday 15 January 2018