David Williamson’s Emerald City – On Demand

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David Williamson’s Emerald City – On Demand

Venue Online
Dates 28 August - 12 September 2021
Category Riverside Theatres Digital - On Demand

Riverside Theatres Digital presents
Australian Theatre Live & A Griffin Theatre Company Production

★★★★ “Emerald City sparkles like Sydney Harbour on a sunny day.” – Timeout Sydney

Fading screenwriter Colin is not long in Sydney before he’s seduced by its obsession with success. Teaming up with well-connected hack writer Mike, Colin finds himself in a tug of war between artistic ambition and big bucks. Fame and fortune – not to mention Mike’s criminally hot girlfriend – are up for grabs.

Part love letter, part hate mail to the harbour city, Emerald City is one of the best works by Australian theatre’s most beloved craftsman and commentator, David Williamson. Three decades after it was written, it still captures the ballsy spirit of the ’80s and retains its skewering sharpness – a panoramic view of the city that’s always prized beauty over brains.

A fast-moving, wisecracking commentary on contemporary urban mores and morals, and the rivalries and passions to be encountered on the road to success. Colin, a screenwriter, and his wife Kate, a publisher, move to the ‘Emerald City’, where fame and fortune are there for the taking, but surprises are in store for them both.

Sharp-edged, satirical and accusatory, Emerald City lays into the materialism of the 1980s with a razor wit. Within four months of its premiere, five separate productions had opened around Australia and you can now stream it on-demand through Riverside Theatres Digital.

Book tickets on this page for the on-demand offering on Youtube. If you’re looking for the Online Watch Party offering click here.

How You Can Access
The play will be accessible on-demand into your home. The link will be available from Saturday 28 August at 10am – Sunday 12 September 2021 at 10pm only, on YouTube. This show is a streamed experience, and will not be available to view online after the event.

You are welcome to share and watch the performance as a group or couple.

There is no transaction fee for this performance.

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★★★★ “Emerald City sparkles like Sydney Harbour on a sunny day.” – Timeout Sydney

★★★★ “Mitchell Butel is a gift to the role of Colin…” – Timeout Sydney

“In the hands of Lewis and this fine cast it is all still… very funny.” – The Australian

“…a glittering cast doing a play about glittering but comically flawed people.” – The Australian

“It’s Williamson at his sharpest and it’s often deftly funny….his observations on Australia’s cultural cringe and the tensions our artists face ring true.” – Daily Review, Crikey

Colin – Mitchell Butel
Kate – Lucy Bell
Mike – Ben Winspear
Elaine – Jennifer Hagan
Helen – Kelly Paterniti
Malcolm – Gareth Yuen

Director Lee Lewis

Designer Ken Done

Costume Designer and Associate Set Designer Sophie Fletcher

Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha

Composer Kelly Ryal

Photographer Brett Boardman


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Ticket Prices

Riverside Members: Individual $12.50
Non-Members: Individual $15