World premiere production Nineteen bares all about Aussie blokes
From the award-winning company who brought you Carrie the Musical comes a powerful and provocative new work, making its international debut here in Queensland. In November 2017, Brisbane audiences will be introduced to four lovable larrikins as they shamelessly (and sometimes naked-ly!) burst onto the stage of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre, in a fast-paced dark comedy about trying to be a bloke in a world where no one really knows what that means.
Nineteen is not your usual theatrical suspect. This work will tickle your funny bone while prodding your deepest prejudices about the ‘typical’ Aussie male. Nineteen finds its roots in real-life stories collected from young Australians across the continent. The four young men you see onstage are strangely familiar – we all know someone like them. We’ve all rolled our eyes at them: right after we’ve dared them to run nude across the cricket pitch. Emerging from work created at one of the world’s leading arts academies, The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), this script is one of the freshest since Williamson’s The Club, or Buzo’s Front Room Boys. It is a return to Australian storytelling at its finest.
Wax Lyrical Productions has established a diverse team, showcasing the Sunshine State’s brightest theatrical talent. Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts graduate, Leonard Donahue (Kookoo Kookaburra, In_dig_en_ous, The New Black), is your charismatic guide through this testosterone-filled tale. He is joined by star-on-the-rise, Jackson McGovern (RENT – The Musical, Island Home, Titus was Here), alongside Matilda Award nominated Silvan Rus (The Winter’s Tale, Morsels from the Heart, Appalling Behaviour) and newcomer Daniel Hurst.
Playwright and director, Dr Shane Pike (Ma Ma Mad, The Boys of St Crispian), is a graduate of WAAPA and a lecturer in Performing Arts at QUT. He has crafted a clever and entertaining script that just won’t let you rest.
“I hope audiences will be entertained but also challenged: challenged to consider how we promote masculinity in this country, and the consequences of that on our young men and women. But also have a laugh!” Pike said.
This is gritty, raw and packed with animal energy. Be prepared for beer to flow!
WHEN: Thurs 9 – Sun 12 November, 2017
TIME: Thurs + Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2:30pm + 7:30pm, Sun 5:30pm
WHERE: Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
DURATION: 70 minutes
BOOKINGS: brisbanepowerhouse.org or 07 3358 8600
TICKETS: $39(f), $34(c), $31(group 6+) + transaction fee ($3 single ticket/$6 multiple tickets). Suitable for 15+
Photo by Joel Devereux.