The Forwards is a unique Independent theatre experience about footy, friendship and reckless behaviour at The Arts Centre Gold Coast between Thursday 9 and Saturday 18 July.

Local theatre-makers Sam Foster and Hayden Jones, who brought us the edgy, sold-out season of The Pillowman last year, have teamed up with writer and director Stefo Nantsou from Zeal Theatre to bring us The Forwards, kicking off our Independent Season.

Zeal Theatre offers a unique style of theatre, based on the multi-skilled performer who brings to life a range of characters, being true to its audience through the physicality of the performance.

“The piece is ‘lifted’ by its theatricality. It’s not a bunch of characters sitting around talking about ‘their problems’. It’s people doing what they do… kicking a ball, dancing to a band down the pub, going to parties, being in dangerous situations, holding secrets, cheating, gambling, raising hopes and disappointing loved ones”, writer and director Stefo Nantsou explains

“I think the mobile phone and social media mania has magnified the theatre experience. People are just not used to live performance anymore and their place in it, that they are a participant. People are so disconnected from the reality around them that when they see a live performance on stage it can be very confronting and a powerful experience”.

In the small town of Pintoon everyone loves the footy. The local team, the Pintoon Parrots, finally make it to the grand final due to the talent of their three star goal kickers, Rabbit, Hoges and Tractor. Before the big game, the entire town is partying hard and the ‘dream team’ are challenged by the vicious cocktail of grog and jealousy as mateship gives way to anger and violence.

The Forwards looks at the pressures on young people to balance their sporting skills, hopes and dreams, with a culture of binge drinking, racing cars and small town rivalries. Zeal Theatre’s internationally renowned style of physical theatre makes this an unforgettable experience.

Recommended for 15+

Thu 9 Jul, Fri 10 Jul and Sat 11 Jul, 7.30pm
Thu 16 Jul, Fri 17 Jul and Sat 18 Jul, 7.30pm
DURATION: 80 minutes(no interval)
VENUE: The Space
CALL: (07) 5588 4000
Adult $27.00, Concession $24.00, Group 6+ $24.00,
Student / Child (U15yrs) $15.00
Friends of The Arts Centre $23.00

The Arts Centre Gold Coast in collaboration with Zeal Theatre presents The Forwards

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