A theatrical classic: Michael Gow’s ‘AWAY’

It’s not often a play is set in our own city, so what better place to present a ‘beach holiday’ story than the Gold Coast? Beloved throughout Australia and beyond, Michael Gow’s acclaimed play ‘Away’ comes to life at the Gold Coast Little Theatre this June.

It’s summer on the Gold Coast, 1968. Three conflicted families head to the beach for a much-needed holiday. Each family hopes to resolve their own crisis under the summer sun.

Roy and Coral struggle to hold their marriage together while Harry and Vic keep an enormous secret from their teenage son. Meanwhile, the martyrish Gwen and husband Jim try to control their daughter as her independence blossoms. Divided by class and society, these families will have to unite as a spectacular storm approaches.

Director and NIDA graduate Stuart Lumsden has brought together an extraordinary cast of actors, many with extensive professional stage and screen profiles. Isheeni Eshwah (aka Tracey Tainsh) has enjoyed a professional stage career, working with Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company as well as appearing in television programs Brides of Christ, GP, A Country Practice and more. Susan Cary has worked with La Boite Theatre Company and performed extensively in festivals and repertory work in the UK and Europe.

Adam Couper has worked professionally for 35 years, with companies ranging from Queensland Theatre Company to Nickelodeon. Rob Horton is a respected stage, film and television actor and teacher at New York Film Academy. Noel Thompson (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Kate McNair (Secret Bridesmaid’s Business, Barmaids) and David Law (Secret Bridesmaid’s Business) are Gold Coast theatre favourites, while Max Drummond and Olivia Kodette are New York Film Academy graduates.

Director Stuart Lumsden has always wanted to direct Away since he first read it in 1993.

“I actually used Tom’s famous speech as one of the audition pieces that helped me get into NIDA. I was then fortunate enough to be taught and directed by Peter Kingston, who was the first person to direct Away for the Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney in 1986,” he says.

‘Away’ is clever, funny and very moving. Don’t miss the chance to see this multi award-winning Australian classic, set in our very own city! The season runs 8-29 June at Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport. Tickets at gclt.com.au or 5532 2096.

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