By Suzie Miller
14 June - 1 July 2017
“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” – Henry David Thoreau
At Sunset Strip the only people left are those who couldn’t leave. Arriving home after a bout of chemotherapy to this once thriving summer hot-spot, Caroline finds the lake completely dried up, the holiday-makers long gone.
Yet her younger sister, the ever-optimistic Phoebe, remains doggedly hopeful. Between a stint in rehab, caring for her demented Dad (who has a penchant for training goldfish) and losing her kids temporarily to DOCS, Phoebe has managed to find love in Teddy, a local fallen fella with a big heart. And now that Caroline is back, Phoebe is determined to make life fabulous.
Suzie Miller (Caress/Ache) returns to the Stables to examine all manners of love, family dysfunction and making the best of shitty situations and prosthetic breasts. Directed by Anthony Skuse, Sunset Strip finds the humour in tragedy and creates an unlikely path for humanity to triumph.
Contains use of theatrical haze, smoking of herbal cigarettes and reference to drug use.
Presented by The Uncertainty Principle and Griffin Independent
Director Anthony Skuse
Producers Kate Armstrong Smith, Laurence Rosier Staines
Designer Emma Vine
Lighting Verity Hampson
Sound Benjamin Freeman
With Emma Jackson, Simon Lyndon, Lex Marinos, Georgina Symes
Previews 14 & 15 June
Season 17 June – 1 July
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 24 June & 1 July 2pm & 7pm
90 minutes no interval
Trailer, Sunset Strip
“Miller dangles the prospect of happiness like a lure on a fishing line. We can’t help but lunge at it when confronted with characters as warmly realised as these.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“The relationship between the sisters is exquisitely wrought by Suzie Miller and equally finely calibrated by director Anthony Skuse.” Dana Simmonds, Stage Noise
“Each character is thoroughly formed, with a rich backstory and authentic heart. Director Anthony Skuse has cast the play perfectly, and then allowed the actors the freedom to render the characters with a realism usually reserved for the screen.” Emily Saint-Smith, The AU Review
“Miller’s detailing of that delicate balance, between joy and pain in how they love, is full of tenderness, subtle but powerful. Their interchanges are nuanced, splendidly complex, and always with a gentle, familiar ring that will remind us of our own homes. When families talk, it is what we say between the lines that matters most, and Sunset Strip‘s sensitive explication of those dynamics, is what makes it feel like every person’s story.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See