Author: Gow, Michael
Three Australian families set out separately but are driven together by a storm (5 acts, 6 men, 4 women).
Were going to drive for a bit. See what we find.
Filled with irrepressible humour and a distinct Australian spirit, Away is a beloved modern classic. This sophisticated and stylish production of Michael Gows award-winning play brings an abundance of warmth and inventiveness to Sydney Opera House this summer.
Its Christmas, 1967. Three families are about head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. The end-of-year school play is a success. Tom and Megs young love is lighting up the dressing room. The cars are packed and summer holidays are finally here But tis not the season to be jolly.
In director Matthew Luttons discerning vision for Away, we see events unfold through the eyes of Tom, an aspiring actor. And at the storys heart are three mothers one recovering from the loss of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go each dealing with vulnerability and loneliness in their own particular way.
Set against a complex backdrop of the Vietnam War and the social upheavals of the 1960s, this new production of one of Australias greatest classics pits the conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its indeterminate future.
From the smallest intimacy to the most epic of storms, Away unleashes a full range of theatrical expression. As the pressures of family secrets swell and gather into a tempest, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.
This co-production with Melbournes Malthouse Theatre brings together some of the countrys most admired and captivating stage performers, including Heather Mitchell (Hay Fever), Glenn Hazeldine (Disgraced) and Liam Nunan (The Golden Age).
\"Truthful, fantastical, satirical and deeply touching...Away is inspiring.\" - The Sydney Morning Herald
Duration 1hr 40mins (no interval)
Content warning Sexual references
Sydney Theatre Company
Previews 18 Feb 22 Feb 2017
Season 24 Feb 25 Mar 2017
Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publication date: 10/11/1986