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CHILDREN OF THE SUN

08 September 2014 – 25 October 2014

Venue: Drama Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Sydney Theatre Company

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"It is great to see this neglected classic, scintillating with ideas, brought to such vivid life."
The Australian

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Sydney Theatre Company and Colonial First State Global Asset Management present
CHILDREN OF THE SUN
By Maxim Gorky In a new version by Andrew Upton

Children of the Sun
, Sydney Theatre Company’s big, lively period drama about the loveable Protasov family, has opened to glowing accolades from critics and audiences. 

Sydney Theatre Company and Colonial First State Global Asset Management present
CHILDREN OF THE SUN
By Maxim Gorky 
In a new version by Andrew Upton

Children of the Sun
, Sydney Theatre Company’s big, lively period drama about the loveable Protasov family, has opened to glowing accolades from critics and audiences.

The man of the house is Protasov (Toby Truslove), an amateur scientist. Single-mindedly dedicated to his belief that science will one day solve the problems of human-kind, Protasov is blind to the personal struggles of his loved ones and unaware of the revolution brewing outside the country estate. 


The privileged, intellectual Protasov family are eccentric - if a little dysfunctional - but completely charming. Theirs is a seductive world of avant-garde ideas and scintillating conversation about art, science, love and politics. The members of the household increasingly find themselves surrounded by amorous advances and preoccupied with delicious flirtations, adulterous temptations and bold declarations of love.

Only Liza (Jacqueline McKenzie) senses the impending doom; with rising despair she tries to warn the household. There are rumours Protasov’s chemistry experiments are poisoning the water supply. The growing hostility in the local town will soon bubble over into violence…

Andrew Upton's new adaptation is a fast, poetic and modern version of this rarely produced classic, and director Kip Williams’ production is sophisticated and playful.

The Sydney Morning Herald praised the performances of the stellar ensemble cast: “Justine Clarke smoulders ... Jacqueline McKenzie excels… Helen Thomson demonstrates a brilliant comic touch... Toby Truslove is an energetically eccentric Protasov… Chris Ryan is dashing yet fragile… Valerie Bader is in excellent form…”

Addressing timeless matters of the heart and mind, Children of the Sun could be set in any time, but we are transported to a beautifully realised rambling mansion in early 20th Century Russia, complete with stunning costumes and fine period nuance.

"Filled with ideas about life, art, science, society and love, the play feels as relevant as ever in this engrossing and very moving production."
Daily Telegraph

Warning:
Contains theatrical haze, strobe lighting and limited organic herbal cigarette smoking.

 

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Artist Information

Director Kip Williams
Set Designer David Fleischer
Costume Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper

With
Valerie Bader, Justine Clarke, Yure Covich, Jacqueline McKenzie, Hamish Michael, Chris Ryan, Helen Thomson, Contessa Treffone, Toby Truslove, James Bell, Jay Laga'aia


Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Preview $78
Standard $94 - $99
Concession* $75 - $99
Senior $85 - $99
Under 30 $58 - $99
Group 10+ $85 - $99
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

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*Concessions include: Australian Pensioners, Unemployed and Australian Full Time Students.

Performance Dates

Previews
Mon 8 September 8pm
Tue 9 September 8pm
Wed 10 September 8pm
Thu 11 September 8pm
Season
Fri 12 September 8pm - Saturday 25 October 8pm
Accessible Performances
Wed 8 October 1pm - Captioned
Fri 10 October 8pm - Audio Described
Sat 11 October 2pm - Audio Described
Fri 17 October 8pm - Captioned
Thu 23 October 8pm - AUSLAN

 

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval (approximate)

Reviews

"It is great to see this neglected classic, scintillating with ideas, brought to such vivid life." The Australian

"Vivid, funny and veined with sadness... it resonates strongly with our times." 4 star review, Sydney Morning Herald

"Williams has brought the text to life in a stylish and completely unobtrusive way." 4 star review, Daily Review

"A masterfully directed production, true to 1905 Russia and yet heartfelt and bursting with political life." Stage Whispers

Links

Essay: Grappling with Gorky
Q&A: David Fleischer
Archive: Helen Thomson

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