Riverside Theatres Presents
Clock and Spiel Productions
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Hailey McQueen
With performers Nicholas Papdemetriou as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Yannick Lawry as C.S. Lewis
Freud’s Last Session centres on legendary psychoanalyst – Dr. Sigmund Freud – who invites the young, rising Oxford Don – C.S. Lewis – to his home in London. On the day England enters the Second World War, Freud and Lewis clash passionately about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud was to take his own. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humour and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two of the 20th Century’s most brilliant thinkers as they address the greatest questions of all time.
- This performance contains loud noises of an air raid siren which may be triggering to some audience members.
- There is a lockout period and all latecomers will be seated at the first suitable moment in the performance.
- The Saturday 9 October 8pm performance will be Audio Described Please call Box Office on 02 8839 3399 if your require a headset for the Audio Described performance.
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- **This show is eligible for the Evening Excursions initiative for school bookings, 1 free teacher per 20 students, or $23 for any additional, click here to find out more.
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Nicholas Papademetrious as SIGMUND FREUD
Since graduating from WAAPA in 1984 Nicholas has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Film & television work includes The Night We Called it a Day, MI-2, Sparks, Death in Brunswick, Two Nights, Cyclone Tracy, Home and Away, Jessica, Stark, Grass Roots and the lead in Stringer (ABC). His short film Swinger has appeared in festivals worldwide, and won 2nd prize at Open Fields Festival and audience favourite at Chicago Hellenes. In 2018 he won two film awards (Best Supporting Actor) for Dead Not Dying. His main focus has always been theatre having worked (mostly in lead roles) for all the major companies including STC, MTC, LaBoite, Ensemble, Belvoir, Sport for Jove, Black Swan & State Theatre SA. Theatre highlights include working for legendary director Mike Leigh in Greek Tragedy (London, Edinburgh, Sydney); his one man show SNAG (Sydney, New York, Edinburgh, Cyprus) and his own production of Anna in the Tropics (B Sharp Belvoir). His recent work includes: George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Howard in The Mystery of Love and Sex, Mac Davies in The Caretaker and Bevan Banfield in the national tour of Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River. In 2019 he appeared in The Odd Couple at The Ensemble, and The Caretaker at Glen Street Theatre and Riverside Theatres.
Yannick Lawry as C.S. LEWIS
After completing his undergraduate degree in Law, Yannick trained as an actor at ArtsEd, London where he gained his Masters in Acting. Yannick has been living and working in both the UK and Australia as an actor, voiceover and presenter for the past fifteen years. Recent film credits include ‘Nick’ in independent feature, Trust and the award-winning short Love, Dad. TV credits include Australia: The Story Of Us for Channel 7, Deadly Women for CI and recent theatre credits include a national tour as Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters, Metamorphosis, Molly Sweeney, Wit, The God of Carnage, Journey’s End and The Master and Margerita the first ever production to play at London’s iconic Menier Chocolate Factory.
“There is some truly marvellous acting in this detailed and precise production. The styling of this production is wonderful, with an attention to detail that is museum quality, including the famous analytic furniture piece, which is as perfectly recreated as the rest of the physical space.” – Judith Greenaway, Artshub.
“Very few theatrical productions (and films) these days seek to engage us intellectually… it is as important to remember to think and discuss robustly as well as feel, and surely this is a function of theatre. Director Hailey McQueen gives us a play which challenges us to fully engage our minds, not just our senses.” – Kate Stratford, On The Town/ Theatre Now.
“Lawry is deft as Lewis, his respect of Freud’s work is apparent yet he delves into his own belief system vigorously. Papademetriou is at his best here: he plays Freud with meticulous detail from the Austrian accent to the physical tics that abound from the painful mouth cancer that he suffers from.” – Joy Minter, The Buzz from Sydney.