On 19 November, Riverside Theatre’s rolled out the red carpet and unveiled Season 2016! Our intern, Fallon-Christine Carrington talks about her highlights of our launch and the upcoming season.
Next year is all about theatrical travel. Our team have wandered through countless productions from all corners of the globe to bring the world right here to you.
The Season Launch was an evening spent with our some of our “Riverside Family” including subscribers, Sidekicks Members, and the directors and producers of our upcoming productions. The event took place in our very own Lennox Theatre, where the stories behind the stories were told.
Each production this season has a culture of its own. A history of its own. And a tale of its own. It was at our Launch that the directors and producers talked to us of how these productions held meaning not only to them, but to the cultures of our society today.
Yasukimi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens is the forgotten story of the Japanese in Australia. At the launch, writer Mayu Kanamori gave us a compelling introduction to her play. Her visible emotions and passion for this production is just the beginning of how remarkable this story is. Sharing her moment on stage with the lead actor of this production, Mayu told us that the casting was done to depict her true self. With such an ambition to produce this story in its truest essence, this show should be a must on your Christmas wish list.
Sport for Jove is returning to our stages with three new productions. The Taming of the Shrew from Padua, Italy, Away, a local play from the Central Coast celebrating its 30th Anniversary, and Antigone, a classical piece from Thebes in Greece. Sport for Jove’s Steven Tait took to the stage and gave us insights into the cultural and educational themes in these performances.
With our new venture of introducing National Theatre of Parramatta, we couldn’t resist the productions which are true to our nation. National Theatre of Parramatta will be producing Swallow and Stolen. Both stories portray conventional issues about conforming to society’s expectations. Swallow follows three strangers and how they influence each other in today’s world, while Stolen brings the history of the Stolen Generations into perspective.
Whilst stories from around the world have been our focus, we have also included a uniquely Australian, Sydney original, All My Love. Based on memoirs and love letters between Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore, this is the untold story of two of Australia’s most celebrated writers. For years, they wrote the stories. Now, it’s time for their story to be enjoyed by you.
Our evening continued in our Courtyard where guests and colleagues were able to meet and connect, sharing their appreciation for the arts and entertainment. We have enjoyed presenting the wonderful productions we have lined up for next year, and look forward to bringing you tastes from all over the world including York, Auckland, Paris, Seville, New York and the cities of Australia.
Click here to watch our Season 2016 trailer. Season packages, Sidekicks Memberships, single and group tickets for our 2016 Season are now available. To receive a copy of our 2016 Season Brochure please call Box Office on 8839 3399.