Written by Tom Holloway
Directed by Sam Strong
27 August- 27 September 2008
with Erin Dewar, Sarah Sutherland and David Whiteley
"I'm willing to nominate Red Stitch's latest as Play of the Year. There's no prize, but you should get along to see it. It's the first piece presented as part of the company's new writer's program and the collaborative development has resulted in a work that succeeds on every level. Tom Holloway's script is tight - hilarious and frequently heart-rending - and performances from David Whiteley, Sarah Sutherland and Erin Dewar are pitch-perfect. They play a couple and their teenage daughter during a long, isolated day, and while the piece begins with the tender comedy of simple misunderstandings, an arresting portrait of deep depression, denial and helpless complicity rapidly emerges. Through a slow unfolding, the audience is drawn in to the despair of these utterly believable lives - unable to communicate with one another but drowning in their own thoughts." - John Bailey, The Sunday Age
What they can't say to one another they think aloud to us: their idle thoughts, their secrets, their fears, their black dog depressions. Sometimes all three chatter at once (the script is written in columns), so the director has to conduct the play like a score for three voices.
Sam Strong (who directed Shedding, brilliantly, at La Mama earlier this year) does a fine job keeping it all comprehensible. But, all due respect to Strong, with actors of the calibre of David Whiteley, Sarah Sutherland and Erin Dewar, a drover's dog could have steered this one home. All three are chameleons. And all three are at their brilliant best. - Chris Boyd, Herald Sun
Tom Holloway’s masterful script takes us one step further, into their very minds. Unable to confront the woman’s addiction all three no longer talk to one another. Instead of conventional dialogue, the actors speak their characters' inner thoughts. These interior monologues, unheard by the other characters, propel the action toward a near fatal conclusion. - Michael Magnusson, On Stage (and walls) Melbourne
Whiteley, Sutherland and Dewar embody their characters brilliantly, their performances emboldened by quiet sincerity and emotional fervour. At times wrenching, aspiring and devastating, their combined performances enable them to evocatively bring to life a family broken and fractured by the distances it has itself created. - Melita Pereira, Australian Stage Online
Directed by Sam Strong, lighting by Danny Pettingill, set by Peter Mumford.
This preview is from a rehearsal of the Red Stitch Actors Theatre Production at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, in June, 2009.