Swallow

Riverside Archives

This event has occurred in the past

Riverside Theatres presents
National Theatre of Parramatta

Swallow

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 21 April - 30 April 2016

By Stef Smith

This is a solidly engaging production….scenes sparkle.” The Sydney Morning Herald

…a performance that is gripping in every theatrical sense.” Stage Whispers

The performances of Valerie Berry, Megan Drury and Luisa Hastings Edge are powerful as the powerless Sam, Rebecca and Anna. The direction of Kate Champion is outstanding.
Weekend Notes

…this premiere production by the new National Theatre of Parramatta is superb, and opens the Company’s first season magnificently.” Sydney Arts Guide

…a stylistically and dramatically bold piece of theatre.” Daily Review

Swallow is a complex, thought provoking play, presented with sensitivity, a degree of humour without mocking the experiences, and unique design.” Broadway World


“There are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do.” – Frida Kahlo

Simultaneously at the tipping point between self-destruction and self-acceptance three strangers influence each other’s lives in unforeseeable ways. Shared states of vulnerability and defiance connect their fates and influence each other’s ability to re-enter the outside world. Hard hitting yet humorous, Swallow explores questions of identity, heartbreak and hope with vivid, poetic intensity.

Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith this new play received rave reviews for its world premiere season in Edinburgh. Directed by Kate Champion (former Artistic Director of Force Majeure), Swallow will fearlessly launch the adventurous, high quality aims of National Theatre of Parramatta.

Please Note: This production contains partial nudity and some coarse language

Click here to read guest blogger, Liane Morris’ blog, Women Who Run With the Arts to find out more.

Download a PDF version of the Swallow program here: Swallow Program

Download a Word version of the Swallow program here: Swallow Program

Dates & Times:

Preview
Thursday 21 April 7:30pm

Season
Saturday 23 April 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Wednesday 27 April 7:30pm
Thursday 28 April 6:30pm – Plus “Meet the Artist” Post-Show Event
Friday 29 April 7:30pm
Saturday 30 April 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Tickets:
Please note, Season Packages are not available to purchase online. To book a season package simply fill out a Season Booking Form and submit it to Box Office by post or in person.

To receive a copy of our 2016 Season Brochure, please call Box Office on 8839 3399.

Download a copy of our Season 2016 booking form here: Season 2016 Booking Form

Cast

Sam Valerie Berry Rebecca Megan Drury Anna Luisa Hastings Edge

Creatives

Playwright Stef Smith Directed by Kate Champion Designed by Anna Tregloan Lighting Design by Verity Hampson Sound Design by Max Lyandvert Production Manager Jack Horton Stage Manager Charlotte Barrett Assistant to the Director Kate Worsley Associate Sound Designer Katelyn Shaw Costume and Stage Finishing Kate Aubrey

“The movement and language of the play is poetic and lyrical…”
“The performances of Valerie Berry, Megan Drury and Luisa Hastings Edge are powerful as the powerless Sam, Rebecca and Anna. The direction of Kate Champion is outstanding.”
Weekend Notes 
Read the full review on Weekend Notes

“… a beautifully crafted play by a young Scottish playwright who manages to examine complex issues in a script that lends itself to innovation and experimentation.”
“…a performance that is gripping in every theatrical sense.”
“…a compelling theatrical production that looks at some of the problems of contemporary society through the emotional clarity of Stef Smith’s words and characters.”
Stage Whispers
Read the full review on Stage Whispers

“This is a solidly engaging production….scenes sparkle.” The Sydney Morning Herald 

“…a major cultural district waiting to happen.”
“…a stylistically and dramatically bold piece of theatre.”
Daily Review
Read the full review on Daily Review

Swallow is a complex, thought provoking play, presented with sensitivity, a degree of humour without mocking the experiences, and unique design.”
Broadway World
Read the full review on Broadway World

“Luisa Hastings Edge gives a compelling performance as Anna …powerful and beautifully nuanced.”
“All in all, director Kate Champion delivers a poignant production that examines the many extremes of life.”
Theatre Now – Talking Arts
Read the full review on Theatre Now – Talking Arts

“…this premiere production by the new National Theatre of Parramatta is superb, and opens the Company’s first season magnificently.”
“The script is witty, poignant, haunting and replete with a jagged lyricism.”
“…an intense, powerful and hypnotic performance.”
Sydney Arts Guide
Read the full review on Sydney Arts Guide

Photos


Explore more Riverside shows

One of Barbra Streisand's most beloved performances is that of the indomitable Dolly Levi in this hugely popular Academy Award nominated musical!
New York, New York, it's a wonderful town, especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights...and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.

Duration

Approximately 90 minutes (No interval) NB there is a ten minute lockout

Ticket Prices

Season Package/ Sidekicks Adult $43
Season Package/ Sidekicks Concession $38
Season Package/ Sidekicks 30 & Under $29
Season Package Guest Adult $44
Season Package Guest Concession $39
Season Package Guest 30 & Under $30
Singe Ticket Adult $49
Single Ticket Concession $44
Single Ticket 30 & Under $35
Groups 10+ $44

Transaction fees apply

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