December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Show: HOTEL SORRENTO
Author: Hannie Rayson
Venue: Mosman Park Memorial Hall, 16 Lochee Street, MOSMAN PARK WA 6012
Theatre Company: HARBOUR THEATRE
Show Dates: December 7th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th @ 7.30pm Matinees December 9th & 16th @ 2.00pm
Director: Thomas Dimmick
Hannie Rayson’s award winning play, Hotel Sorrento, which inspired the 1995 film of the same name, will be Harbour Theatre’s final production for their 2018 season and will run for a strictly limited season between Friday 7th to Sunday 16th December 2018.
Hotel Sorrento was first performed in 1990 by the Playbox Theatre Company at the Malthouse Theatre winning an AWGIE, NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award. Since then the play has had over 50 productions throughout Australia and overseas (winning critical acclaim on its London debut), and has been translated into French, Japanese and Swedish.
Rayson has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award as well as the Age Performing Arts Award and The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. She made playwriting history when Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.
In Hotel Sorrento, Rayson has created Meg, the sister who has left home and made a new life for herself in England. She has written a successful, Booker-nominated novel based on her life in Australia, and returned home to discover that her aggrieved sisters maintain the novel is actually their life story, with only the names changed.
The international attention it is attracting becomes a bone of contention between the sisters, and Pippa and Hilary’s sense of betrayal and unwilling exposure over the story it has to tell also provides dramatic structure to the narrative, because it requires Meg to physically return from ‘the outside world’ back into the domestic sphere of her old home town of Sorrento. Now privacy, memory, notions of loyalty and contested versions of who has the right to ‘own’ shared histories is paramount.
Directed by Thomas Dimmick who, despite being only 25 years of age, is no stranger to theatre. Since moving to WA in 2008 Thomas has created his own theatre company, worked extensively in the student theatre scene at Murdoch University as well as being involved with various community theatres around Perth.
Drawing on his own family experiences, Thomas has gathered a very talented cast to portray the roles that will demand much of the actors to retain the authenticity of the production. Using a combination of lighting and sound to bring the many and various locations to life, Thomas feels that the talent of the actors coupled with Hannie Rayson’s strong script will result in a truly special production.
Featuring Rosalyn Anderson, Rachel Bartlett, Sjaan Lucas, Rex Gray, Felix Malcolm, Robert Jackson, Sally Boteler and Benn Rayner.