A NEW PLAY / Adapted from Kenneth Cook’s novel by Declan Greene with Zahra Newman
The Guardian - Best of Australian Theatre in 2019
G’day. Welcome to the Yabba. Just passing through?
One man’s overnight stay in a remote outback town becomes a five day nightmare in this startlingly dark stage adaptation of the cult classic novel and film. Directed by Declan Greene and starring Zahra Newman, prepare for an unsettling Australian gothic horror that blurs mateship and menace, amicability and depravity.
Thursday 13 February at 7pm is an audio described performance.
For selected performances at the Sydney Opera House, an audio description service is offered to enhance the experience of customers who are blind or have low vision. This is a live commentary of the visual elements of a performance by trained volunteer audio describers. The audio description is relayed via a free headset and receiver linked to the FM radio system.
G’day. Welcome to the Yabba. Just passing through?
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Bundanyabba’s the best little town in the world...
Things a bit grim? Chin up.
Tightly buttoned schoolteacher John Grant is well-read, but an outback gambling misadventure strands him—cashless and jobless—in a harsh and remote Aussie outpost, Bundanyabba.
So, he makes new ‘mates’: they’re quick with a drink, but with every scull a dark violence lurches forward. Are these blokes fair dinkum? Or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie town?
The entire world of Wake in Fright is conjured in a one person show by the always evocative Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) accompanied by an intense sonic soundscape from art electronica band, friendships. Under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian gothic horror is viscerally felt in the flesh.
Bring sunscreen, buy a beer and wear your ear plugs. Once we pierce the Yabba’s ocker veneer, you better be ready for the explosive brutality waiting inside.
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