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The Mystery of Love & Sex | Director's Notes by Anthony Skuse

“We love in two different ways. I can bear it. Most of the time. I can bear it. Most of the time. It’s fine” (Bathsheba Doran’s Parents’ Evening, 2003)

The Mystery of Love & Sex, Bathsheba Doran and Sydney Mardi Gras 2017


By Bathsheba Doran, award winning playwright and writer of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Showtime’s Masters of Sex comes a tender and funny story about love in all its forms, and that blurry space between friendship, romance and erotic desire.

Bathsheba Doran, playwright of 'The Mystery of Love & Sex'


Bathsheba Doran, nicknamed “Bash”, grew up in London and studied at Cambridge University. Her first job as a professional writer was comedy sketch writing for the BBC2 show Bruiser. Bathsheba worked for several years as a comedy writer, writing for shows like Smack the Pony and TV to Go. In 2000, she moved to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship and received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2003 and went on to become a playwriting fellow at The Juilliard School. Doran’s work has been staged by the O’Neill Playwriting Center, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club and Sundance Theatre Lab, among others. Doran’s Awards include the 2013 Berwin Lee Playwright Award and 2009 Helen Merril Playwriting Award. She was nominated for a 2012 Writers Guild Award for her work on the Martin Scorsese/HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2011). She also wrote episodes for NBC show Smash (2013) and was writer and co-producer of season 2 of the Showtime’s Masters of Sex (2014). She lives with her wife and two children in New York City.

The Mystery of Love & Sex
TICKETS & INFORMATION

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

Our final show in the 2016 season is David Mamet’s seminal comedy A Life in the Theatre where performers John Gaden and Akos Armont and director Helen Dallimore bring their formidable talent and wealth of experience to bear. It’s a must see for anyone who loves theatre.

David Mamet’s comedy takes us backstage & into a world where etiquette rules, cues must not be missed & costume changes are fast & furious. A Life in the Theatre pays homage to those who choose an actor’s life. Between murderous critics, lifeless audiences & having to reapply for your job with every audition, it’s not a life choice for the faint hearted.

Pictuted above: A Life in the Theatre performers Akos Armont (left), John Gaden (middle) and director Helen Dallimore (right).

Playing 4 Nov - 4 Dec
TICKETS | MORE INFORMATION HERE

AUDIENCE RESPONSES TO REMEMBERING PIRATES

PLAY THE VIDEO to hear audience responses to Remembering Pirates by Christopher Harley

DTC REVEALS 2017 SEASON

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Darlinghurst Theatre Company reveals its 2017 season at the Eternity Playhouse

Audience responses to Broken


Our production of BROKEN has opened!

PLAY THE VIDEO to hear audience reviews of Broken by Mary Anne Butler.

 

SHANNON MURPHY, THE DIRECTOR | BROKEN

Broken first came to my attention in 2014 when I attended the Griffin Award for best new play. During the award ceremony nominees have excerpts from their play read and the portion of Broken left me haunted and uncomfortable. The conclusion to the story and the fate of its characters lingered and manifold interpretations presented themselves. I remember speaking to Mary Anne Butler afterwards in the foyer, feeling a pang of disappointment on hearing that the play already had a director attached for a Sydney season. Broken, of course, went on to win some extremely prestigious awards over the following year. So it was with great delight that I received the phone call from Executive Producer, Glenn Terry informing me that the original director, Matt Edgerton, was unable to stay with the project due to an appointment interstate. The play was now available for me to investigate and stage.

MEET THE PERFORMERS | BROKEN

Sarah Enright (pictured centre) graduated from WAAPA in 2000 with the Leslie Anderson Scholarship for most outstanding performer. Her television credits include White Collar BlueAll SaintsBlackjackFarscapeMcLeod's Daughters and Home and Away. Previously for Darlinghurst Theatre Sarah directed The Bee in 2007. Having devised and performed work countrywide, she established SandS throughthehourglass in 2009. After an infamous residency at Oxford Art Factory they won Best Show at Sydney Fringe 2010, and created original work for Tamarama Rock Surfers, Griffin Theatre, 1000 £ Bend Melbourne, and the Festival of International New Drama (F.I.N.D.) at the prestigious Schaubühne in Berlin 2012. Since then Sarah has performed at National Gallery Victoria and White Night Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the National Art School in 2015. After Broken, Sarah will be heading to Austria for a residency awarded to her on graduation. 

Q&A with the award winning Playright, Mary Anne Butler | Broken

What awards have you won for Broken and is it unusual for a play to win these types of awards? Broken has been an awesome trip for me, it started off winning the Northern Territory Literary Award for best script in 2014 and that same year it was shortlisted for the Griffin and then more recently it won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Drama and then they picked it to win the Victorian Prize for Literature which was pretty much a blow out, it was the first time a play has ever won the Prize for Literature and it was very humbling and amazing and it’s just been very affirming for me as a playwright.

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