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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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Maxim Gorky's epic dark comedy Children of the Sun takes a fresh look at the human condition, featuring Helen Thomson, Justine Clarke and Jacqueline McKenzie.

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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

Love and other chemical reactions

Following on from his adaptation of Chekhov's  Uncle Vanya , Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Maxim Gorky's  Children of the Sun  takes a fresh, colloquial look at the human condition.

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

Love and other chemical reactions

Following on from his adaptation of Chekhov's  Uncle Vanya , Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Maxim Gorky's  Children of the Sun  takes a fresh, colloquial look at the human condition.

In a rambling mansion in provincial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, a sister, a brother, their partners and admirers pursue their intimate intrigues oblivious to bigger new realities brewing at their door. A family born to privilege but bound for dysfunction.

Protasov might be the man of the house, but, even when he lifts his eyes from his chemistry set, he is blind to his wife's infidelities, his friend's advances and his sister's quiet despair. In something of a casting coup, three of our most treasured actresses - Justine Clarke ( Les Liaisons Dangereuses ), Jacqueline McKenzie ( Sex with Strangers ) and Helen Thomson ( Mrs Warren's Profession ) - form a formidable trio around our hero, as outside the propulsive energy of revolution reaches a crescendo.

Both a sparkling comedy and a thoughtful exploration of the larger issues of privilege, progress and being caught at the wrong end of history,  Children of the Sun  captures the atmosphere of upheaval of its era - with more than a fleeting resonance to our own troubled times.

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
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$8.50 - Internet
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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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