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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.

A coup for Darlinghurst Theatre Company!

Playwright, Mary Anne Butler

BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler is the first drama to win one of the most prestigious and sought after writers’ awards in Australia, the Victorian Premier’s Award for literature.


In 2016, Darwin based writer Mary Anne Butler won both the drama and literature prizes with her play Broken. Darlinghurst Theatre Company is producing its Sydney premiere and first staging outside of the Northern Territory and bringing the bush to Darlinghurst."

Stunning in its lyricism and truths about life and love, Broken is provocative storytelling at its best.

Renown Australian writer Andrew Bovell said of Broken: "This is exquisite writing. It's immediate. It's lean. It's poetic. It's visceral. It takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes."

Broken is a haunting story of resilience and hope that taps straight into the heart of the Australian landscape. The play begins with a near fatal car crash on an isolated road in the Central Desert. Ash is trapped in her car and is rescued by a stranger and in that moment of life and death a bond is formed and worlds collide.

Directed by leading director Shannon Murphy and featuring performers Ivan Donato, Sarah Enright and Rarriwuy Hick.

Read more about the awards: ABC news article

Playing 29 Jul - 28 Aug
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SEARCHING FOR NICK ENRIGHT | A MAN WITH FIVE CHILDREN

Nick Enright was a leading Australian writer who also inspired and mentored a generation of theatre artists. We recently put out a call for Nick Enright stories. Thanks so much to all who wrote in. We’ll be passing these onto the Enright Family and posting these on our website. Our hope is that the stories inspire a timely biography. Here are a few. 

ANTHONY SKUSE, THE DIRECTOR | A MAN WITH FIVE CHILDREN

A Man With Five Children calls for nine performers plus a film component and who better to wrangle a large ensemble and complex play than Director Anthony Skuse. See Anthony’s directors notes below.  

MEET THE PERFORMERS | A MAN WITH FIVE CHILDREN

We have assembled a team of excellent performers. Cultural diversity was important in our casting of the production so as to remain true to Nick Enright’s intention and to reflect contemporary Australian cultural make up. See performers HERE

About the Design | A Man with Five Children

Design including film is an integral part of our production. See below creative visions from Production Designer Georgia Hopkins and AV Designer by Tim Hope. 

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