By Jane Bodie
2 - 26 April 2014
Two actors researching a theatre project befriend a seemingly quiet and ordinary man named Adam. In reality, Adam’s unexceptional existence is carefully calibrated – a precarious sideways tightrope-walk over his mental illness. Now, Adam’s new friends are at risk of throwing his life dangerously off balance. And there’s every chance they’ll go down with him.
Music offers a sharp critique of the way mental illness is perceived today and examines the dangerous consequences of raiding people’s personal lives in the name of art. A surprising and surprisingly funny story of people connecting and colliding, as two actors blunder their way into Adam’s life, causing untold damage to him as a result.
Having delighted Griffin audiences with This Year’s Ashes in 2011, the world premiere of Music marks the return to Griffin of playwright Jane Bodie. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award (2006) for A Single Act, Jane’s plays have been produced both nationally and internationally, including in London, New York and Brazil.
Music is directed by Corey McMahon and presented by Stories Like These, whose acclaimed production of Rust and Bone featured in Griffin Independent’s 2013 season.
Stories Like These and Griffin Independent present this world premiere.
Warning: this production contains smoking of herbal cigarettes.
Director Corey McMahon
Designer Pip Runciman
Lighting Designers Verity Hampson & Benjamin Brockman
Composer and Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Angharad Lindley
With Anthony Gee, Sam O’Sullivan, Kate Skinner and Tom Stokes
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Previews 2 and 3 April
Season 5 – 26 April
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 26 April 2pm and 7pm
Approximately 90 minutes with no interval
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011
“Gee reaches deep in a portrayal that is generous in its detail and exciting to watch unfold….He has us sharing in Adam’s excitement and dreading the crash we know is coming.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Stokes and Skinner are excellent as the manipulative and guileless new friends and there is fine support from Sam O’Sullivan as Adam’s wary minder, Tom.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Music is riveting stuff” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Yet it is Gee, as Adam, who provides the emotional and dramatic centre of the show, rarely leaving the stage and always changing it.” ★★★★ TimeOut Sydney
“The result is a tender, funny work that engages emotions from the start. Highly recommended.” The Daily Telegraph
“Anthony Gee gives his best performance yet…It’s a stunning, physical performance that draws us in utterly” The Daily Telegraph
“It’s a devastating portrait of confusion, pain and lost identity….Gee is terrific as the hapless Adam.” Frank Hatherley, Stage Whispers
“Bodie’s writing… truly shines here, sparkling humbly, as it does, with great warmth and humanity.” Matthew Clayfield, Australian Stage
“Ms Bodie… has the wicked gift of being all: brutal, insightful and bitingly funny, step after step.” Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
“[Rust and Bone] is another starkly moving play in the Stories Like These series… superbly executed piece of theatre” Alexandra Hayden, Time Out Sydney
"...an unlikely celebration of those who exist outside the box." ★★★★ Ben Neutze @TimeOutSydney gives Nick Coyle's 'The Feather in the Web' 4 STARS! Read the full review: https://t.co/r3pSwoETaJ
Griffin UP LATE is 2 weeks away! Join us for a post-show jam of music and chortles on Friday 2 November following 'The Feather in the Web' by the hilarious Nick Coyle, who will be joining an awesome lineup of storytellers, comedians & musicians. Tix $15: https://t.co/G7Ry05NVPa
"Few writers can pull this off...But Coyle succeeds, aided by a cast that switches gears as seamlessly as a luxury car." ★★★★ 4 STARS for Nick Coyle's 'The Feather in the Web' from @JohnRShand at @smh Have a read: https://t.co/taEPEj84dS
#TBT to Peta Brady in her play 'UGLY MUGS' (2014) directed by Marion Potts in a co-production with @MalthouseMelb #australianstories #australianplays
"Griffin has Four Pillars gin and tonics, making it arguably the best theatre bar in the city." The highest of compliments from @neutze. Loved this article!