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Nowra classic STC 2016 season opener


Right Sarah Peirse. Photo: James Green

Sydney Theatre Company opens its 2016 season with the Australian classic The Golden Age by Louis Nowra, at Wharf 1 Theatre from 14 January 2016. With a cast featuring Sarah Peirse, Ursula Yovich, Robert Menzies and Brandon McClelland, STC Resident Director Kip Williams collaborates with the designer David Fleischer to bring to life this rama.

In 1939 a lost tribe of Europeans was discovered in the Tasmanian wilderness. They were a band of outcasts who had escaped the torture of convict life, and were scratching out an existence at the forgotten edge of the island, alone for almost a century. Inspired by this true story, writer Louis Nowra (Cosi, Radiance) penned The Golden Age which explores Australia’s recent history; colonisation, the fragility of culture.

“The work examines the way in which one culture imposes itself upon another, and the ultimate crumbling of civilization that occurs at the hands of this brutal process,” Kip Williams explains. “It’s a story that grapples with our colonial history, as well as with the trauma of the first half of the 20th century.”

The Golden Age premiered in Melbourne in 1985, with a Sydney production the following year directed by Neil Armfield. Three decades later the STC production features an ensemble cast including Sarah Peirse who featured in 2015’s Endgame and 2014’s Switzerland, Ursula Yovich who appeared recently in Love and Information, and Brandon McClelland who has performed this year in Suddenly Last Summer and The Present.

14 January to 20 February 2016. Opening Night: Tuesday 19 January 2016. Wharf 1 Theatre, The Wharf, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road Walsh Bay.

Box Office: 02 9250 1777. www.sydneytheatre.com.au. Tickets from $64 (fees apply)

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