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a “tray, tray, tray bong” production

In Theatre on June 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

WAITING FOR GODOT by Samuel Beckett
A Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Production
Directed by Sean Mathias
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 20 June 2010

CAST
Estragon: Ian McKellen
Vladimir: Roger Rees
Pozzo: Matthew Kelly
Lucky: Michael Burrell
A Boy

The wait is over to see Sir Ian McKellen on Australian shores, in a highly anticipated production of Waiting For Godot.

Sean Mathias’s production is on international tour, with Roger Rees (Vladimir), Matthew Kelly (Pozzo) and Michael Burrell (Lucky) joining the only original cast member, McKellen, as Estragon.

In a crumbling theatre, designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, where the famous tree pokes up through fractured floorboards, Estragon and Vladimir wait for Godot every day. As they wait, they meet Pozzo and his frail slave, Lucky, who limps along at the end of a rope, laden with luggage and abuse. To pass the time, they argue, they sing, they play games, they exercise, they contemplate hanging themselves. They always find something, notes Gogo, “to give the impression [they] exist”.

McKellen’s performance is superb. His Estragon is vulnerable and maudlin, addled with pain and struggling to survive, yet with a wry smile and vaudevillian swagger, he is undoubtedly the comic hero of the play. Rees’ Vladimir is stoic and rational, with moments of tenderness. McKellen and Rees resemble a scruffy double-act, clowning and bantering in perfect synchronicity.

What does the play mean? Among readers intent on arriving at a concrete conclusion, Godot does not sit comfortably. Beckett said that “the early success of Waiting for Godot was based on a fundamental misunderstanding, that critics and public alike insisted on interpreting in allegorical or symbolic terms a play which was striving all the time to avoid definition”. When people sought clear-cut explanations of Godot in Beckett, he invariably side-stepped their questions. To director Alan’s Schneider’s question, “Who or what does Godot mean?”, he replied, “If I knew, I would have said so in the play”.

The first words of the play, “Nothing to be done”, reveal its focus: inaction. Beckett rejects the idea that drama tells a story, by making his audience wait for something to happen – the arrival of the elusive Godot, who never comes. Vivian Mercier famously said that Beckett “has achieved a theoretical impossibility – a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What’s more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, he has written a play in which nothing happens, twice.” (Irish Times, 18 February 1956, p. 6.)

To celebrate this “tray, tray, tray bong” production of Godot, I have collected some of my favourite lines.

Estragon: What about hanging ourselves?
Vladimir: Hmm. It’d give us an erection.
Estragon: (highly excited). An erection!
Vladimir: With all that follows. Where it falls mandrakes grow. That’s why they shriek when you pull them up. Did you not know that?
Estragon: Let’s hang ourselves immediately!

Pozzo: The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.

Vladimir: That passed the time.
Estragon: It would have passed in any case.
Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly.

Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression that we exist?

Pozzo: They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.

Vladimir: But you can’t go barefoot!
Estragon: Christ did.
Vladimir: Christ! What has Christ got to do with it. You’re not going to compare yourself to Christ!
Estragon: All my life I’ve compared myself to him.

Estragon: I can’t go on like this.
Vladimir: That’s what you think.

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a week on stage

In Opera, Theatre on March 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Last week was pleasingly punctuated by two visits to the Sydney Opera House: one to the Drama Theatre for Bell Shakespeare’s King Lear, the other to the Opera Theatre to see Opera Australia’s Bliss. Both are fine productions.

Much has been made of the fact that John Bell, in the role of King Lear for the third time in his career, is nearing the age of the elderly king. Age, is of course, a central theme in Lear, and if Bell’s rich performance is anything to go by, the actor has reached a deep understanding of his character. Peter Carroll plays the bitter Fool, and his sprightly performance is impressive as he also nears 70. But the young ones deliver, too. Tim Walter’s Edmund is intense and cheeky, and Leah Purcell puts a playful twist on middle-sister Regan.

John Bell and Peter Carroll

And leaping forward 400 years…

Bliss is the much-anticipated adaptation of Peter Carey’s 1981 novel. Advertising man, Harry Joy descends into a surreal and hellish existence after a close encounter with death. Redemption comes in the form of Honey Barbara, whore and healer; together they set out to conquer Hell and find a place of Bliss. Peter Coleman-Wright’s energetic performance is equalled only by Brett Dean’s dramatic and textured score. I thought the libretto, by Amanda Holden, truly captured the essence of the novel, and the third act brought vitality to Carey’s somewhat rambling conclusion. It’s a dynamic production with a bright future!

The cast of Bliss

stage stars of sydney celebrated

In Theatre on January 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Over 300 members of the Sydney theatre community turned out for the 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards ceremony at Club Swans in Kings Cross on Monday. Cate Blanchett stole the show, winning the award for Best Actress for her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. The STC production also picked up awards for Best Supporting Actor (Tim Richards) and Best Score or Sound Design (Paul Charlier). But, as expected, the big winner of the night was the STC/Sydney Festival production The War of the Roses. It collected five awards (out of nine nominations) for Best Mainstage Production, Best Direction (Benedict Andrews), Best Actor (Ewan Leslie), Best Set Design (Robert Cousins) and Best Lighting Design (Nick Schlieper).

The 2009 Sydney Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Wendy Blacklock, in recognition for her work as an actress and as general manager of Performing Lines.

The winners:

BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Festival)

BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION
The Only Child (The Hayloft Project in association with B Sharp)

BEST DIRECTION
Benedict Andrews (The War of the Roses)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Cate Blanchett (A Streetcar Named Desire)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
Ewen Leslie (The War of the Roses)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anita Hegh (The City)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Tim Richards (A Streetcar Named Desire)

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
When the Rain Stops Falling (Andrew Bovell)

BEST NEWCOMER
Josh McConville (The Call + Strange Attractor)

BEST SET DESIGN
Robert Cousins (The War of the Roses)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Julie Lynch (Travesties)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Nick Schlieper (The War of the Roses)

BEST SCORE OR SOUND DESIGN
Paul Charlier (A Streetcar Named Desire)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Chicago

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sharon Millerchip (Chicago)

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Damien Bermingham (Chicago)

BEST CABARET PRODUCTION
Meow to the World: Crisis is Born (Sydney Opera House)

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN
The Gruffalo (Christine Dunstan Productions)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Wendy Blacklock

nine nominations, eight hours long

In Theatre on December 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Leading the nominees for the 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards is the epic eight-hour Sydney Theatre Company/Sydney Festival production of The War of the Roses. The final work of the STC Actors Company, it has received nine nominations, including Best Mainstage Production, Best Director (Benedict Andrews), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Cate Blanchett), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Pamela Rabe), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ewen Leslie), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Gaden), Best Set Design (Robert Cousins), Best Costume Design (Alice Babidge) and Best Lighting Design (Nick Schlieper).

The Sydney Theatre Company productions A Streetcar Named Desire and When the Rain Stops Falling picked up five and six nomination, marking a prosperous year under new artistic directors, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.

The Awards, to be presented on Monday January 18, 2010, are run by a group of theatre critics to recognise achievement in theatre in Sydney. The panel consists of Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Alex Lalak (Daily Telegraph), Jo Litson (The Sunday Telegraph), John McCallum (The Australian), Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise) and John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald).

And the nominees are…

BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Happy Days (Company B)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Sydney Theatre Company)
The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Festival)
When the Rain Stops Falling (Sydney Theatre Company and Brink Productions)

BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

Beyond the Neck (Bambina Borracha Productions in association with B Sharp)
The Bougainville Photoplay Project (Version 1.0 in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers)
Norm & Ahmed/ Shafana & Aunt Sarrinah (Alex Buzo Company)
The Only Child (The Hayloft Project in association with B Sharp)

BEST DIRECTION

Benedict Andrews (The City)
Benedict Andrews (The War of the Roses)
Chris Drummond (When the Rain Stops Falling)
Marion Potts (Venus and Adonis)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Cate Blanchett (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Cate Blanchett (The War of the Roses)
Julie Forsyth (Happy Days)
Pamela Rabe (The War of the Roses)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Joel Edgerton (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Darren Gilshenan (Strange Attractor)
Ewen Leslie (The War of the Roses)
Ben Winspear (Baghdad Wedding)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Blazey Best (Strange Attractor)
Anita Hegh (The City)
Kris McQuade (When the Rain Stops Falling)
Kerry Walker (The Man From Mukinupin)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Gareth Davies (The Only Child)
John Gaden (The War of the Roses)
Yalin Ozucelik (Baghdad Wedding)
Tim Richards (A Streetcar Named Desire)

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK

Beyond the Neck (Tom Holloway)
The Only Child (Simon Stone with Thomas Henning)
Savage River (Steve Rodgers)
When the Rain Stops Falling (Andrew Bovell)

BEST NEWCOMER

Travis Cardona (Savage River)
Josh McConville (The Call + Strange Attractor)
Susie Mathers (Mamma Mia!)

BEST SET DESIGN

Robert Cousins (The War of the Roses)
Michael Scott Mitchell (Travesties)
Anna Tregloan (Venis and Adonis)
Hossein Valamanesh (When the Rain Stops Falling)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alice Babidge (War of the Roses)
Julie Lynch (Travesties)
Bruce McKinven (The Alchemist)
Tess Schofield (The Wonderful World of Dissocia)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Paul Jackson (Happy Days)
Paul Jackson (The Telltale Heart)
Niklas Pajanti (When the Rain Stops Falling)
Nick Schlieper (The War of the Roses)

BEST SCORE OR SOUND DESIGN

Paul Charlier (A Streetcar Named Desire)
David Franzke (The Wonderful World of Dissocia)
Alan John (The City)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Avenue Q
Chicago
Jerry Springer The Opera
Wicked

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Lucy Durack (Wicked)
Amanda Harrison (Wicked)
Sharon Millerchip (Chicago)
Caroline O’Connor (Chicago)

JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Damien Bermingham (Chicago)
Mitchell Butel (Avenue Q)
Luke Joslin (Avenue Q)
James Millar (Gutenberg the Musical)

BEST CABARET PRODUCTION

Red Hot and Saucy – Rhonda Burchmore (Civic Cabaret)
Meow to the World: Crisis is Born (Sydney Opera House)
‘Tegrity: Britney Spears in Cabaret – Christie Whelan (Raval)
Tim Draxl – Under the Influence (Supper Club)

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

The Gruffalo (Christine Dunstan Productions)
The Nargun and the Stars (Erth and Sydney Festival)
The Wizard of Oz (Windmill and Sydney Theatre Company)

meet the resos

In Theatre on December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm

The Sydney Theatre Company’s new permanent ensemble of actors commenced work at The Wharf in June 2009. The Residents – Alice Ansara, Cameron Goodall, Ursula Mills, Julia Ohannessian, Zindzi Okenyo, Richard Pyros, Sophie Ross, Tahki Saul and Brett Stiller – work across all aspects of the Company, with a particular focus on the development of theatre. This group of nine young, multi-talented performers replaces the original STC Actors Company, established by former artistic director Robyn Nevin. In 2009, The Residents presented their first Main Stage production, The Mysteries: Genesis, collaborating with directors Tom Wright, Andrew Upton and Matthew Lutton, and playwrights Hilary Bell and Lally Katz, to realise a contemporary translation of the Genesis stories of the Bible. Brett, Ursula, Julia, Cameron, Tahki and Richard participated in the company’s education program in 2009 in a performance of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

In 2010, in addition to performing in Oresteia as part of the Main Stage Season, they will continue to work with the Next Stage, Back Stage and STC Ed programs. In March, the Residents will team up with Adelaide’s The Border Project (Highway Rock’n’Roll Disaster) to perform Vs Macbeth, a radical new version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

The residents are:

Alice Ansara

Alice grew up in a family of doumentary film makers and has worked in film and TV both as an actor and in production. For Sydney Theatre Company: Backstage with The Residents (Back Stage), The Magic Flute (Rough Draft). For Bell Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice. For Griffin: Arabian Night. For Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People: Pearlie in the Park. Film: Breaking Through, La Spagnola, Rosebery 7470, Nude Study. TV: Bogan Pride. Awards: AFI Award/Critic Circle Awards – Best Actress nomination for La Spagnola. Best Actress, Melbourne Underground Film Festival for Rosebery 7470. Training: WAAPA

Cameron Goodall

For Sydney Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (STC Ed), Highway Rock’n’Roll Disaster (Next Stage/Border Project), The Clockwork Forest (STC Ed/Brink), The Snow Queen (STC Ed/Windmill). Other theatre: Cameron has worked extensively in theatre for Australia’s major companies. As a founding member of The Border Project, he has co-created and performed in Highway Rock’n’Roll Disaster, Trouble on Planet Earch, Please Go Hop! and MedeaMaterial. Awards: Helpmann Award nominations for Best Actor for Hamlet (STCSA/QTC) and Best Supporting Actor for The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia? (STCSA/Belvoir), Oscart and Adelaide Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor. Other: Cameron has worked as a reporter for Behind the News (ABC), won an ARIA award with his previous band The Audreys, is a member of Brink Productions. Training: Cameron graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2000.

Ursula Mills

For Sydney Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (STC Ed), Rough Draft #2 (Next Stage). For WAAPA: The Pagans, King Lear, Mad Forest, Fabiola, Briefs, A Month in the Country, The London Cuckolds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Before I Get Old, Riders to the Sea. For RASA: Cymbeline. Film: Peter Pan. Short Film: Remedy, Anabel, Dead Weight. Radio Play: A Home Improvement (ABC). TV: Out of the Blue. Training: RADA (Shakespeare), WAAPA 2006.

Zindzi Okenyo

For Sydney Theatre Company: Backstage with The Residents (Back Stage), The Crucible (STC Ed), The Vertical Hour. For Company B: Scorched. For NIDA: The Laramie Project, The Attic, Love’s Labours Lost, Three Sisters. Training: NIDA.

Julia Ohannessian

For Sydney Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (STC Ed), Rough Draft #2 (Next Stage), The Lost Echo, Brecht Workshop (STC Ed). For CPA: Brilliant Lies. For NIDA: Top Girls, Cosi, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Seagull, Hamlet, Once on this Island, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, Sweet Charity, Some Girls, Attempts on her Life, Memory of Water. For Glass Umbrella Productions: Cherry Smoke. For 504 Productions: Risky Lunar Love. For Short and Sweet: Hard Core. TV: East West 101. Training: NIDA.

Richard Pyros

For Sydney Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (STC Ed), Woman in Mind. For Societas Raffaello Sanzio/Barbican Theatre BITE09: Inferno. For The Arches Theatre, Glasgow: Amada. For Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin: The Crumb-trail. For Societas Raffaello Sanzio: Hey Girl. For Melbourne Festival/Barbican BITE07/ASSITE3: Gilgamesh. For Arcola Theatre, London: The Minaturists (At Sea). For Lyric Hammersmith, London: Coyote Canyon. For Camden People’s Theatre, London: Scenes of a Massacre. For Malthouse: A View of Concrete. For Bell Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. For A Poor Theatre: Hamlet. For Melbourne Festival: Remembrance of Things Past. For Wentworth Arts Festival: Romeo & Juliet. Film: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Noise. TV: Big Bite, Stand Up Australia. Awards: Irene Mitchell (VCA). Training: VCA.

Sophie Ross

For Sydney Theatre Company: Backstage with The Residents (Back Stage), Woman in Mind, Waikiki Hip (Wharf 2LOUD), Romeo & Juliet (STC Ed). For Griffin Independent: Stoning Mary. For Small Things Productions/B Sharp: Ladybird. Workshop Production: Summerfolk. TV: All Saints (2007). Film: The Jammed, Closed for Winter. Other: Sophie co-founded Small Things Productions in 2008 and subsequently co-produced and performed in their first production, Ladybird, at Downstairs Belvoir, March 2009.

Tahki Saul

For Sydney Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (STC Ed), Rough Draft #2 (Next Stage), The Lost Echo. For B Sharp: Bumming with Jane. For Company B: Baghdad Wedding. For NIDA: Ramayana, Electronic City, The Cherry Orchard, Once on this Island, Romeo & Juliet, Game of Love & Chance, Sweet Charity, Attempts on her Life. Film: Behind the Eight Ball, Cupid (finalist for Palm Springs Film Festival in LA 2009), Globe virtue. TV: Out of the Blue. Radio: Electronic City, The Trial of Lucullus. Training: NIDA 2007.

Brett Stiller

For Sydney Theatre Company: The Miser, Falsettos, Stag (Wharf 2LOUD), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (STC Ed), Rough Draft #2 (Next Stage). For Griffin Theatre Company: Don’t Say the Words, Holding the Man, Strangers in Between, Borderlines. For Melbourne Theatre Company: Holding the Man. For Company B: Holding the Man. For Glen Street Theatre: Bash – Latterday Plays. For Theatre Nepean: The Man from Mukinupin, Richard II, Traitors, Playboy of the Western World, Alice’s Adventures Underground. Film: Travelling Light, Garage Days. Short Film: Checkpoint, The Manual, Still Life, The Visitor. TV: Packed to the Rafters, City Homicide, The Alice (Series 1), The Alice (Telemovie), All Saints, The Postcard Bandit, Farscape, Water Rats. Training: Theatre Nepean 2000, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute New York 2007.

2009 at the theatre

In Theatre on December 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm

More for my own records rather that something with wider appeal, I present here a list of my theatre attendances in 2009. I have an awful memory for actors’ faces and always find it useful to refer back to the cast of previous productions. With further lists, I may also be able to track work I find particularly interesting in direction and set design.

Now for a little awards ceremony. My prize for Best Writing goes to Brendan Cowell for Ruben Guthrie. I was compelled to purchase the script so I could pour over the witty one-liners and delightful monologues again and again. I was mesmerized by Michael Kantor’s production of Beckett’s Happy Days, and Best Direction he is awarded thus. It was an exquisitely faithful yet fresh interpretation of the absurdist play, with a nod towards the vicious effects of climate change. I have witnessed so many outstanding performances this year, most notably Julie Forsyth’s Winnie in Happy Days and Toby Schmitz as Dadaist Tristin Tzara in Travesties. Forsyth’s impeccable comic timing and  irresistibly supple face rendered a truly unforgettable performance. Schmitz is cheeky and energetic, and his mastery of Stoppard’s characteristic verbal gymnastics made me sit up and listen: he’s truly one to watch.

To the plays…

Sydney Theatre Company

The Removalists
by David Williamson
Opened 31 Jan 09
Director Wayne Blair
Set/Costume Designer Jacob Nash
Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
Composer/Sound Designer Steve Francis
Fight Director Nigel Poulton
With Danny Adcock, Alan Flower, Sacha Horler, Ashley Lyons, Dale March, Eve Morey

Travesties
by Tom Stoppard
Opened 09 Mar 09
Director Richard Cottrell
Set Designer Michael Scott Mitchell
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer Bernie Tan
Composer/Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Choreographer Pamela French
With Robert Alexander, Blazey Best, Jonathan Biggins, Peter Houghton, Rebecca Massey, Toby Schmitz, Wendy Strehlow, William Zappa

Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
Opened 22 Apr 09
Adapted & Directed by David Farr and Gísli Örn Gardarsson
Music Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Design Börkur Jónsson
Lighting Björn Helgason
With Edda Arnljótsdóttir, Jonathan Mcguiness, Ingvar E Sigurdsson, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Björn Thors

Elling
Based on a novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Stage adaptation by Axel Hellstenius & Petter Næss
Translated by Nicholas Norris
Adapted by Simon Bent

Opened 30 May 09
Director Pamela Rabe
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
With Darren Gilshenan, Glenn Hazeldine, Lachy Hulme, Yael Stone, Frank Whitten

The City
by Martin Crimp
Opened 29 Jun 09
Director Benedict Andrews
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Fiona Crombie
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer Alan John
With Georgia Bowrey, Anita Hegh, Belinda McClory, Colin Moody, Gigi Perry

Poor Boy
A play with songs by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn
Opened 06 Jul 09
Director Simon Phillips
Musical Director Ian Mcdonald
Set Designer Iain Aitken
Costume Designer Adrienne Chisholm
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Assistant Director Naomi Edwards
Associate Musical Director Mathew Frank
Associate Lighting Designer Chris Twyman
Dramaturg Aidan Fennessy
With Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Linda Cropper, Matt Dyktynski, Sara Gleeson, Matthew Newton, Sarah Peirse, Jed Rosenberg, Greg Stone, Abi Tucker

Saturn’s Return
by Tommy Murphy
Opened 24 Jul 09
Director David Berthold
Designer Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
Sound Designer/Composer Basil Hogios
With Toby Moore, Leeanna Walsman, Matthew Zeremes

A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams
Opened 01 Sep 09
Director Liv Ullmann
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Assistant to the Director Einar Bjorge
With Cate Blanchett, Michael Denkha, Joel Edgerton, Elaine Hudson, Gertraud Ingeborg, Morgan David Jones, Russell Kiefel, Jason Klarwein, Mandy McElhinney, Robin McLeavy, Tim Richards, Sara Zwangobani and musician Alan John

Accidental Death of an Anarchist
By Dario Fo
Translated by Alan Cumming and Tim Supple

Opened 11 Sep 09
Director Stefo Nantsou
Set & Costume Designer Pip Runciman
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound Designer Steve Francis
With Cameron Goodall, Ursula Mills, Julia Ohannessian, Richard Pyros, Tahki Saul, Brett Stiller

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Opened 03 Oct 09
Director Gale Edwards
Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Assistant Director Kate Revz
With Russell Dykstra, Marcus Graham, Sacha Horler, Helen Thomson

The Mysteries: Genesis
In a new version by Hilary Bell and Lally Katz
Opened 20 Nov 09
Directors Matthew Lutton, Andrew Upton, Tom Wright
Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve
with The Residents

Company B

Ruben Guthrie
by Brendan Cowell
Opened 23 May 09
Director Wayne Blair
With Roy Billing, Megan Drury, Geoff Morrell, Torquil Neilson, Adrienne Pickering, Toni Scanlan and Toby Schmitz

The Promise
by Alexei Arbuzov
A new version by Nick Dear

Based on the translation by Ariadne Nicolaeff
Opened 11 Jul 09
Director Simon Stone
With Alison Bell, Ewen Leslie and Chris Ryan

B Sharp

The Lonesome West
by Martin McDonagh
Opened 20 Aug 09
Director Peter Carstairs
With Sibylla Budd, Travis Cotton, Ryan Johnson and Toby Schmitz

Tamarama Rock Surfers

Sydney Ghost Stories
by Lachlan Philpott, Rebecca Clarke, Stephen Sewell, Tobsha Learner, Toby Schmitz, Verity Laughton
Opened 25 Nov 09
Directors Katy Alexander, Dean Carey, Glenn Fraser, Toby Schmitz, Anthony Skuse
Lighting Design Matt Cox
Set Design Andrew Bowden
Costume Design Catherine Bonner
Sound Design/Composer Braedy Neal
With Catherine Terracini, Jamie Irvine, Jeneffa Soldatic, Joe Manning, Matt Walker, Jamie McGregor

Malthouse Theatre

Happy Days
by Samuel Beckett
Opened 3 July 09
Director Michael Kantor
Set and Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Sound Russell Goldsmith
With Peter Carroll & Julie Forsyth

Sydney Festival 2009

The Tell-Tale Heart
Adapted and directed by Barry Kosky after Edgar Allan Poe
Opened 18 Jan 09
Set and Costume Design Anna Tregloan
Lighting Paul Jackson
Original Music by Barrie Kosky with songs by Bach, Purcell and Wolf
With Martin Niedermair and Barrie Kosky

The Yalta Game
By Brian Friel after Anton Chekhov
Opened 19 Jan 09