Riverside Theatres and Sydney Theatre Company present
A Sydney Theatre Company production
NO PAY? NO WAY!
By Dario Fo
In a new adaptation by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Sarah Giles
Prices are out of control – and so is Antonia. Riled by the rising cost of living, she agitates a riot in the local supermarket with an army of unruly housewives, leaving the place gutted. What follows is a wild and unpredictable caper, as Antonia and her friend Margherita attempt to outsmart the police, hoodwink their husbands, and ‘liberate’ more loot. This is high-wire farce.
No Pay? No Way! (sometimes known as Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!) was written by Italian father of farce and Nobel laureate Dario Fo in 1974 and its ever-resonant themes of rising corporate greed, wage stagnation and the thrills of sticking it to the man have seen it staged around the world ever since.
Sydney Theatre Company’s whip-smart new adaptation comes from the pen of Marieke Hardy, one of ABC TV’s great comic forces, and features the incomparable talents of Helen Thomson (Mary Stuart) as Antonia. Brought to life by director Sarah Giles (Accidental Death of an Anarchist) with a cast of Catherine Van-Davies (Going Down), Glenn Hazeldine (Così), Rahel Romahn (Lord of the Flies) and Aaron Tsindos (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical), No Pay? No Way! is an irreverent and hilarious comedy with a glint in its eye.
FYI this production contains sexual references and frequent strong language
Composer and Sound Designer
SUITABLE FOR YEARS 10 – 12
(Stages 5 – 6)
From the Program Coordinator…
It is astounding how many texts written decades ago as a political protest to the power and authority at the time remain relevant today. Texts like No Pay? No Way! give students an opportunity to reflect on the human condition and to compare cultural and historical contexts in both periods. Dario Fo’s unique theatrical style references Commedia Dell’Arte, farce and clowning, making his work riotously funny and entertaining, as well as poignant and thought-provoking.
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