Putting the Nation on Stage

Media

For all media queries please contact Lisa Barnes, Kabuku Public Relations

Level 5, Studio 12
36 Buckingham Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

E: lisa@kabukupr.com.au
P: 02 9690 2115

GROUNDED
14 March – 23 March 2019

★★★★½ Brant’s​ words would be nothing without an actor to give them wings, and Emily Havea​, skilfully directed by Dom Mercer (for National Theatre of Parramatta), takes us into the heavens with her, and then breaks our hearts with her fall from impervious god into something nearer a state of grace. Don’t miss this. It will burn itself into your mind. John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald 

★★★★½ [Grounded] is spectacularly relevant, brilliantly performed and scary as hell. Judith Greenway – ArtsHub

★★★★ Recommended – Havea has the goods, bringing her strong stage presence and an aura of confidence and capacity to the role. Jason Blake – Audrey Journal

Grounded delivers thrilling theatre, from take-off to landing. A major marvel. Come fly!  Richard Cotter – Australian Stage

Havea meets the challenge of this absorbing script in a performance that is rich and hungry, powerfully real and grippingly convincing. [Grounded] is a coup for Riverside, National Theatre of Parramatta, Dom Mercer and his creative team – and especially for Emily Havea. Carol Wimmer – Stage Whispers

Grounded is a role for a versatile actor with an incredible amount of endurance, and Emily Havea has proven to us why she is an actor to watch out for.Theatre Travels

 

 

 

 

 

JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM
18 October – 27 October 2018

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam is theatre with a tender heart and a hard head, confronting, conflicting, complex and compelling.  Richard Cottor  Australian Stage Online

★★★★½ This is potent work, its pivot-point being Wol’s moment of blind fury at the injustice of her fate. Truman plays this with such heartbreaking conviction that you feel it shake the room to its core.  John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald

An extraordinarily moving night at the theatre, with performances emotionally pitched to the narrative movements of the work, accessible writing which strikes at the heart and a multilayered thematic examination of a very difficult subject.    Judith Greenaway – Sydney Arts Guide 

Under Yap’s delicate, insightful direction, this closely bound cast brings Rodgers’ confronting but beautiful play into intense reality – one which Rodgers’ says “made me question life’s great balancing act – how tightly do we hold on to each other and how hard it is to let go.” – Stage Whispers

 

 

 

 

 

THE GIRL / THE WOMAN
28 June – 7 July 2018

As both writer and actor Vylet​ is engaging and entertaining, with a sharp eye for absurdity and a deft one for satire.” John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

Vylet’s story has been lovingly nurtured by a very sensitive and perceptive director, a talented, imaginative design team, the collaborative support of the National Theatre of Parramatta – and the “world of magic, diversity and community” that is Western Sydney.” Carol Wimmer –  Stage Whispers

 This is a very attractive production with an interesting cultural conundrum to digest.” Kevin Jackson

The entire production exudes theatrical craft.” Jason Blake – Audrey Journal

 

 

 

 

 

STOLEN (TOUR)
29 May – 1 June 2018

 

★★★★ “A drama of big ideas. It is both original and ambitious. Daily Review

 

 

 

 

FLIGHT PATHS
18 – 24 March 2018

The cast, led by Vagulan’s, is full of warmth, curiosity and something you might recognise in yourself: a desire to do good and create meaningful change in a complicated world.”  Cassie Tongue – Time Out

Larnach’s writing has a sharp, self-consciously witty edge to it.”  Jason Blake – Audrey Journal

This is another moving, thought-provoking production under the auspices of NTofP’s commitment to “reflect today’s Australia and its diverse population.”  Stage Whispers

 

 

 

 

 

2017

THE RED TREE
19 – 28 October 2017

“…we were spellbound”  Theatre Now

Loyal to Tan’s insights into the inner world of the child, and to his own concerns as a father, director Neil Gooding’s vision reaches to the parent as well as the child.”  Stage Whispers

A Triumph!” and “You’ll be swept along by the pure artistry and seamless stage, musical and set direction of this piece.” Brydie Wright, Weekend Notes

A wonderful new musical” and “Recent Victorian College of the Arts graduate (Nicola) Bowman as Ava is tremendous in this quite demanding role, singing and acting terrifically.” and “Magnificently directed by Neil Gooding” ★★★★ Lynne Lancaster, Arts Hub

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW 
13 – 22 JULY 2017

Whilst centred on Parramatta the work still resonates with those that may not be as familiar with the area. This is a human story that is relatable regardless of where someone may live”
“For everyone that has been a teenager, for those that have children, families and friends, this work speaks to a broad audience, not just those that live in the Western suburbs. Presented with humour and compassion, THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW is a wonderful new Australian play telling Australian stories that everyone should see and hopefully it will return to an Australian stage soon.”
Jade Kops – Broadway World

It was the perfect blend of human story and world view. Warm and funny and human and thought-provoking… THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW is a high quality, exciting and resonant production which is ultimately accepting of the progress around it.”
Judith Greenway – Sydney Arts Guide

The beauty of this play was that it finally, finally understood where I’d come from. Michael and I are not the same person, but his grief and growing pains were played out in areas of Sydney I’ve also grown up in… I don’t know if Felicity Castagna knows this, but through Michael and his friends, up on stage, my past in Parramatta has been validated. ” Erica Enriquez – Weekend Notes 

It was such a fantastic show that should be shown to people beyond Western Sydney and the most moving and enjoyable thing I’ve seen this year. ”
Patron

SMURF IN WANDERLAND
5 – 29 APRIL 2017

What Williams has created, and performs so well, is a gentle and often very funny meditation on the culture of football fandom, and on the broader connections between identity and place.The Australian 

“As performer, Williams is charismatic and engaging.”  Suzy Goes See

“Even if you’re not a football fan, this is an entertaining piece – Williams manages to transcend the sport and elucidate the unwavering devotion it inspires.” Stage Whispers 

HAKAWATI
11-21 January 2017

“Hakawati is an irresistible concept and beautifully realised: who doesn’t love good food, good wine and intriguing stories? Who doesn’t enjoy the company of fine actors? What’s not to like? ” Dianna Simmonds, Stage Noise

“Hakawati is a marvellous night out and perhaps, bear with me, such an enjoyable evening might provide you with what Julie Andrews described as “favourite things” Judith Greenaway, Sydney Arts Guide

 “Hakawati is original, fresh and thought provoking. It is not at all what I had expected but far more. It is a performance that highlights so many contemporary issues; immigration, integration and dislocation amongst others – all issues and challenges faced by those in new lands.” Eliza Eggler, Australian Stage

 

 

 

 

 

2016

WHO SPEAKS FOR ME
12 – 15 OCTOBER 2016

Delicately spellbinding, absorbing and illuminating”  Kevin Jackson

★★★★ “You will  laugh and you will cry.Time Out

SWALLOW
21 – 30 APRIL 2016

Almost all of the creatives working on this show are women — a rare thing in the theatre — and there’s strength in every element.”  Ben Neutz – Daily Review 

This is a solidly engaging production” Jason Blake – Sydney Morning Herald

A complex, thought provoking play, presented with sensitivity, a degree of humour without mocking the experiences, and unique design. Broadway World

★★★★ “If you’re queer, if you’re a woman, if you’re trans, if you’re dealing with trauma or some circumstance or condition that makes life more difficult for you – Swallow may give you a great gift of theatrical catharsis, and a little flicker of hope”.  Time Out


For all media queries please contact Lisa Barnes, Kabuku Public Relations

Level 5, Studio 12
36 Buckingham Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

E: lisa@kabukupr.com.au
P: 02 9690 2115