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12 Jun, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AWAY is a play written by Australian writer Michael Gow. It tells the story of three internally conflicted families holidaying on the coast for Christmas, 1967. Each of the three families hopes that the holiday will resolve the crisis that they face.
Roy, a headmaster, and Coral, his wife, realise that their marriage is falling apart as they grieve the death of their son in the Vietnam War.
Tom, an English immigrant and a pupil at Roy’s school, knows that he is dying of cancer even though his parents, Harry and Vic, have yet to tell him. Tom’s family know that this could be their last holiday together, so they are determined to have fun.
The third family comprises uptight, martyrish mother, Gwen, her hen-pecked husband, Jim, and their daughter, Meg, who has become friends with Tom because of their mutual appearances in the recent school play. There is a mutual affection between Meg and Tom that is explored and challenged during the holiday away.
After a storm the three families find themselves thrown together on a beach, and their antagonisms are explored and resolved.
With the play’s conscious nods to Shakespeare (it opens with the school’s production of “A Midsummer Night” and ends with an extract from “King Lear”) Gow emphasises the individual human responses to death, class, and relationships.
Full of insights into each character and each family, with splashes of humour and moments of intense drama, AWAY is one of Australia’s most performed plays, and has since become a national classic.
AWAY is ARENAarts’ first production for 2016, which also involves a season of William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and Terry Pratchett’s GUARDS! GUARDS!
Author: Michael Gow
Venue: LC Theatre, 60 Cleaver Tce, BELMONT
Theatre Company: ARENAarts
Show Dates: JUNE 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 8pm, JUNE 12 and 19 @ 2pm
Director: Christine Ellis