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Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 05 March - 07 March 2013

“It’s the strangest thing. No longer being able to tell what is the past and what is the present…”

Writer Peggy is in her late 50s and has younger onset dementia. Her relationship with memory and immediacy, the present and the past, is beginning to dissolve.

If a loved one starts to lose their memories, what role can we play in holding on to them? And how can we care for them in the present while honouring their memory?

Sundowner is the result of years of research, community engagement and creative development, and was the subject of a highly regarded ABC Artscape documentary. It expertly combines theatre, beautiful choreography and imagery in a story of lament, grief, and ultimately, love.

Complemented by original music by Paul Kelly, Megan Washington and Kelly Ryall, Sundowner is a simple, yet powerful story of family, love and loss told through the eyes of three generations.

Recommended for ages 14+.

DIRECTOR: Kate Denborough
WRITER: David Denborough
PERFORMERS: Helen Morse, Jackie Rees, Timothy Ohl, Gabrielle Nankivell, Craig Bary
With the Tivoli Lovelies
Created in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia

A collaboration between KAGE and Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. Toured by Performing Lines for Road Work, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, through the national performing arts touring program and Playing Australia.

Dates & Times:
8:00pm, Tuesday 5 March 2013
8:00pm, Wednesday 6 March 2013
6:30pm, Thursday 7 March 2013 – AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE

Adult $56, Conc. $51, F/T Student $39, Youth 30&U $46*

*Transaction fees apply

“Morse is splendid…Director Kate Denborough seizes every opportunity to bring to life the collisions between the past and the present happening in the woman’s mind” – The Australian

“Physical theatre at its best.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Alzheimer’s disease affects so many, yet it is not a topic that is readily discussed. Sundowner, by KAGE, will be a conversation starter and tear-jerker for many viewers.” – Herald Sun

“Director Kate Denborough’s use of conventional theatrical conceits succeeds in enhancing Morse’s plight and building emotional depth that hits at a gut level.” – Herald Sun

– Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Sun Herald and The Age

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80 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Adult $56
Concession $51
F/T Student $39
Youth 30&U $46

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00