• Darlinghurst Theatre Company Presents
  • 31 Mar - 22 Apr 2018
  • $38 - $54

The Sound of Waiting

Mary Anne Butler

A story about hope and survival that cuts straight to the heart.

Shortlisted for the 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Playwriting.

A tiny wooden boat is battered by roaring seas, on board Hamed Mokri cradles his small daughter. His former homeland now more perilous than the seas he’s fighting, his daughter the very last soul he can protect other than his own. He clings to a fading silver lining, to find land girt by sea. 

Meanwhile, an Angel of Death hangs over them with reckoning, conjuring up all its power to send them both to the bottom of the unknown sea – silent, and black, and endless.

Written in response to Tony Abbott’s infamous comment, “Jesus knew there was a place for everything, and it’s not everyone’s place to come to Australia.” The Sound of Waiting is a powerfully poetic allegory for our times, exploring displacement, resilience and hope in a world that has closed its doors on humanity. 

The Sound of Waiting should be on every stage in every city and town of Australia.” – Real Time.

Mary Anne Butler is a multi-award winning writer from the Northern Territory. Her play Broken won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Literature and Drama.

A Sydney Premiere

Supported by The Stafford Morgan Family 
and Audio Visual Events

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The Sound of Waiting

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Cast 

Reza Momenzada
Gabrielle Scawthorn

Creative Team

Playwright: Mary Anne Butler
Director: Suzanne Pereira
Set and Video Designer: Sam James
Composer & Sound Designer: Tegan Nicholls
Lighting Designer: Chris Page
Stage Manager: Gayda De Mesa
Wardrobe Supervisor: Natalie Hughes
 

Produced by Darlinghurst Theatre Company

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"★★★★ The Sound of Waiting feels like theatre told through a crystal ball: a contained sense of the human and the divine. It’s a heart-rending jewel you could pluck from the stage and cradle gently in your hands." - Time Out Sydney

"It is spectacularly well conceived technically. It is created with care and it has two extraordinary performances at its heart...Spiritual and corporeal will merge and twist against the melding to give renewed topicality to an issue which has fallen off the front page and out of the news bulletins. One superbly created story provoking compassion for all."  Sydney Arts Guide

The Sound of Waiting should be on every stage in every city and town of Australia.” – Real Time.

 

"[Director Suzanne] Pereira’s work is powerful in its treatment of atmospherics. Together with Samuel James’ video projections and Tegan Nicholls’ sound and music, it is a spectacular collaboration that enchants the senses." Suzy Goes See

"Butler immerses her audience in flowing prose studded with starkly memorable images... digital artist Sam James, whose work (supported by sound designer/composer Tegan Nicholls) is outstanding here." - Audrey Journal

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The Sound of Waiting

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PERFORMANCE DATES

  • Previews: Sat 31 March, Sunday 1 & Tuesday 3 April 
  • Season: Thursday 5 April - Sun 22 April 

PERFORMANCE TIMES 

  • Tue - Sat: 7.30pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Saturday Matinees:  14 & 21 April 3pm 2018​

Run time 60 minutes no interval

TICKETS 

  • Standard $54
  • Concession $44
  • Groups (8+) $44
  • Industry* $38
  • Under 30* $38
  • Preview $38

No Booking Fees
$4 per ticket exchange fee for non-Subscribers

*Available Tue, Wed & Thu only

The Sound of Waiting is not recommended for children under the age of 16.

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