By Hilary Bell
26 July 2020
As part of celebrating 50 Years of the Stables, Griffin is presenting a series of rehearsed play readings of seminal works from the Stables’ canon across 2020. These readings are hosted by theatre aficionado John McCallum, former Griffin Script Club captain and theatre reviewer for the Australian.
Our third play reading for the year is The Falls by Hilary Bell.
Revisit Sydney in 1901 and meet three of its Greatest Liars: polygamist Alberta; her husband, amateur archaeologist Jack; and Alberta’s long-lost sister and would-be memoirist Nellie. Then there’s the melancholic widower Pigeon; enamoured psychoanalyst Doctor Rachel Sylvester; and mute, bearded six-year-old called Praise-God.
We welcome back father daughter duo Hilary and John Bell, both staples of the Stables, to present this reading of The Falls—a Victorian melodrama, part-musical, part-ghost story, part-love story, and an exploration of deceit and self-delusion.
Director John Bell
Sunday 26 July 2020, 5pm
Approximately 120 minutes plus a 20-minute post-reading Q&A with John McCallum and creatives involved in this reading.
This event is free, but registration is essential.
The Falls was first produced at the SBW Stables Theatre in 2000. The original company included:
Director John Bell
Composer Phillip Johnston
Set & Costume Designer Jennie Tate
Lighting Designer Brett Graham
Cast Lucy Bell, Peter Cousens, Jennifer Hagan, Angus King, Barry Otto, Jacki Weaver
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
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