by Suzie Miller
27 February - 11 April 2015
A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement.
Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways in Caress/Ache. This is our world – where some long for the electrical charge of human contact, others flee it, and lives turn on the smallest moments of random intimacy.
With Caress/Ache, Suzie Miller proves herself a most fearless playwright, revealing humanity in all its messy complexity. She is perfectly matched by director Anthony Skuse.
Please note that this production contains some nudity.
Supported and developed by the National Theatre Studio (London).
Director Anthony Skuse
Designer Sophie Fletcher
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Amy Harris
Movement Coach Sam Chester
NIDA Stage Management Secondment Gin Rosse
With Zoe Carides, Helen Christinson, Gary Clementson, Ian Stenlake, Sabryna Te’o
Previews 27 – 28 February, 2 – 3 March
Season 6 March – 11 April
Meet the Artists after the performance on 10 March
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm
Approximately 90 minutes no interval.
Interview with Suzie Miller, Caress/Ache
“Zoe Carides is heartbreaking to watch as the desperate and downtrodden Alice.” Time Out
“A compelling, fascinating and troubling work by playwright, director and cast alike…” StageNoise
“Excellent design: Sophie Fletcher and lighting: Matthew Marshall.” StageNoise
“Director Anthony Skuse has gathered an attractive cast and moves them well and clearly.” The Australian
“Sophie Fletcher’s design is clean and simple, allowing for resonant moments of multiple occupancy… Miller’s final tableaux, crushing yet hopeful, left several in tears.” Sydney Morning Herald