The Old Barker Alumni Theatre is proud to present their second ever production, recreating the Australian classic Emerald City, written by David Williamson.
Graduating from Barker in 2010, Charlie Jones and Pip Dracakis return to their old school, both backed with strong experience in the performance industry.
Eloise Westwood and Adam Jones graduated two years ago, Eloise returning to the OBAT since performing last year, Adam debuting after a working gap year.
The play premiers tonight (8th of July) at 7PM, performances preceding on the 9th, 10th and 11th in the BCMA theatre at Barker College.
Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults – bargain prices for what should prove to be an excellent evening.
Williamson is known for his writing that opens the audience’s minds to some of the less attractive sides of contemporary Australian society.
Emerald City is set in the 80’s, a time of hedonistic materialism as the population enjoyed an economic spike; house prices skyrocketing and businesses booming.
Men and women partook in a rat race fed by greed, aspiring to fulfil superficial goals they had mentally appropriated as the idealistic Australian lifestyle.
In 1987, this time of boom and economic pessimism came to a grinding halt.
Gretel Maltabarow directs this grippingly interesting play, using Williamson’s realist writing to advantage. Gretel graduated in 2009 and feels a connection to Williamson’s works after having studied The Removalist’s in year 12.
The true ugliness of Williamsons’ characters is what has left the greatest impression on Gretel; portraying the unpalatable truth of people we recognise in everyday, contemporary society in Sydney.
Gretel is passionate about theatre, appearing in some of Sport For Jove’s productions and is equally as passionate about putting Australian plays on Australian stages.
So follow Colin, a screenwriter moving from Melbourne to Sydney and a character based largely on Williamson himself and prepare to be confronted with societal truths that still resonate now, in 2015.
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