This award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.
Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate. The play is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false.
Dates & Times:
Tuesday 31 July at 7.30pm
Thursday 2 August at 1pm & 7.30pm
Friday 3 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 4 August at 2.15pm & 7.30pm
JOANNE BOOTH as Pippa Moynihan
Joanne has trained with Larry Moss and Karl Bury in NYC, at Howard Fine Acting Studio and LAMDA (Shakespeare). She is also a graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio’s Full Time Program. Theatre credits include Aufidius/Virgilia for Coriolanus (Heartstring), Devina Savage for The Savages Of Wirramai (Crying Chair),Ensemple for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Australian Shakespeare Company) and Desdemona/Emilia/Bianca for Othello Vs Titus (Shakespearience). Joanne was Assistant Director of You Got Older (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), the Green Room nominated Coriolanus (Heartstring) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Kin Collective). Her TV and Film work includes House Husbands, Neighbours, feature film Burnt, and many short films and TV commercials. She is also Co-Artistic Director and a founding member of Hearstring Theatre.
RUTH CARO as Hilary Moynihan
Ruth’ is a graduate of the Ensemble Studios and her theatre credits include Push Up (HGR), The Vagina Monologues (Parramatta Riverside), Rookery Nook (Marion St Theatre), The History of Theatre and Australian Drama (First Stage Theatre Co), Could Do Better, Monkey See Monkey Do (Toe Truck Theatre Co), The Glass Menagerie (The Phillip St Theatre). Ruth made her professional theatrical debut in Hannie Rayson‘s Room To Move for the Griffin Theatre Company and is very pleased to be working on another of Hannie’s great plays, Hotel Sorrento. Ruth has also appeared in many Aussie TV shows including A Country Practice, Home and Away, Big Sky, The Bodysurfers, Changi and All Saints. She narrated Bush School for the ABC. Her film work includes Echoes of Paradise, One Wild Weekend with the Lonesome Rustler and Entertaining Angels Unawares.
DENNIS COARD as Wal Moynihan
Dennis has appeared on most Australian television dramas; most recently on The Kettering Incident (Foxtel), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Dr Blake Mysteries and It’s A Date (all on ABC) and Bleak: The Web Series (Online). Other television credits include Woodley, City Homicide, The Circuit, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Monash – The Forgotten Anzac, Menzies & Churchill at War and six years on Home and Away. His film credits include Groomless Bride, Predestination, The Playbook, The Jammed, Noise, Amy, Return Home (Lead Role) and the recently released San Andreas. Stage credits include productions with most professional companies including a dozen with the MTC, his own critically acclaimed one-man show The Fall of the Roman Umpire and for HIT Productions he has toured extensively in David Williamson’s Let the Sunshine in 2012 and Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins 2015-2016.
KIM DENMAN as Meg Moynihan
With an Associate Diploma in Performing Arts, Kim continued her training with Bruce Alexandar at the Melbourne Acting Studio, as well as many other notable Australian and International teachers. Kim has worked in theatre, film and television for over 25 years. Her theatre credits include the role of Mary Gilmore in three tours of HIT Productions/ All My Love: The Rivers of China (Don’t Look Away/Theatreworks); Truth & Brutality (La Mama); Debrief (Theatreworks); The Fire Raisers (Wax Studio); Macbeth (Arthouse Theatre Company); The Good Woman of Setzuan (Fabricated Theatre Ensemble); Medea (The Edge Theatre Company, Queensland); Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi (The Edge Theatre Company); and Anita in West Side Story for Twelfth Night Theatre, Qld. Her screen credits include Blue Heelers, Eugenie Sandler P.I., Neighbours, Offspring, Romper Stomper, Spring Rhapsody, That’s Not Me, as well as many award winning short films
SAXON GRAY as Troy Moynihan
Saxon is an actor, musician, and a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a BFA in Music Theatre. Whilst at the VCA, he played Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (dir. Alister Smith), as well as covered the role of Paul in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman). Since graduating, Saxon was most recently seen as Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) and he was featured in the new Australian musical Moonlite (Bitten By Productions). Saxon is thrilled to be a part of this production of Hotel Sorrento and would like to thank his family, friends and IWM for their support.
DION MILLS as Edwin Bates
As a member of the Red Stitch ensemble since 2002 credits include Wet House, Eurydice, The Flick, Herding Cats, Penelope, Stop.Rewind, Good People, Day One A Hotel, Evening, Princess Dramas, The City, Creditors, That Face, Fatboy, Yellow Moon, Pool (No Water), Motortown, Harvest, Fewer Emergencies, Hellbent, The Country, Pugilist Specialist, Outlying Islands, The Day Room, The Night Heron, Raised in Captivity, Jesus Hopped the A Train and Where’s My Money?. Other stage credits include The Trouble with Harry (MKA), Black Box 149 (La Mama), Acts of Deceit (La Mama), Weary and Under Milk Wood (both McPherson Touring). TV credits include It’s a Date, Woodley, Conspiracy 365, City Homicide And Stingers. Film is Killer Elite (playing Ranulph Fiennes). Dion played the role of Henry Lawson in HIT Production’s critically acclaimed play All My Love.
JENNY SEEDSMAN as Marge Morrisey
Jenny Seedsman holds a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Drama from the University of Melbourne, however her acting training truly began at the age of 12, studying with English actress Helen Franklin at The National Theatre School and then St. Martin’s in Melbourne. She still uses the techniques Helen taught her to this day, passing on the discipline to her current students. Jenny taught drama in high schools for three years before being offered the leading role of Frieda Lawrence in The Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Upside Down At The Bottom Of The World. This led to four happy years in The Sunshine State playing such diverse roles as Mrs. Foresight in Love For Love, Ginny in Ray Lawler’s Godsend and Antonia in Dario Fo’s We Can’t Pay, We Won’t Pay.
Back in Melbourne, Jenny toured for The Victorian Arts Council, had a stint with MTC and played Maureen in Full Dress’s production of Hannie Rayson’s Inheritance. She also had the privilege of playing the distraught “Victoria” in her good friend Kevin Summer’s poignant play about the aftermath of WW1, Patient 12 at La Mama in 2014. Jenny currently tours regularly in Alan Hopgood’s Health Plays, two of which in association with the Hush Foundation have toured internationally, as well as appearing regularly in Don Mackay’s Lux Radio Theatre. Jenny has also narrated more than a hundred audio books over the years, including The Getting of Wisdom for The ABC Heritage Series and won The TDK Audio Book “Narrator Of The Year” Award for Kings In Grass Castles.
TV credits include The Dr. Blake Mysteries, HBO’s The Leftovers, House Husbands, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Stingers, Twentysomething, and so many others! Jenny is represented by Ian White Management and is a proud member of MEAA.
MIKE SMITH as Dick Moynihan
After two successful tours of HIT Productions The 39 Steps playing Richard Hannay, Mike is delighted to join the touring cast of HIT’s Hotel Sorrento. He recalls reading the play back in drama school and, strangely, had designs on, one day, playing the role of Dick. Now he gets his chance, he hopes he does the political protagonist (and antagonist) justice.
A 2005 NIDA Graduate, Mike is a Green Room Award Nominee for his portrayal of Tony in Billy Elliot – The Musical, directed by Stephen Daldry. Mike is also known for his TV roles in All Saints and Winners & Losers.
MEET THE CAST
Playwright HANNIE RAYSON
Producer CHRISTINE HARRIS
Director DENNY LAWRENCE
Set ADRIENNE CHISOLM
Costumes SOPHIE WOODWARD
Lighting SHANE GRANT