By Vivienne Walshe
19 June - 13 July 2013
Hardened from a life filled with bullies, dead-beat boyfriends and no sense of hope, Chloe uses her sexuality as her armour and her weapon.
Chris’s sexuality is utterly under-used. Always on the wrong side of cool, he’s living a very different version of hell.
But when ‘Odd Boy’ Chris meets ‘Chloe from the Underworld’, an intense connection is formed. Suddenly, a different life seems possible.
Winner of the 2012 Griffin Award, This is Where We Live is a love story that conjures Orpheus leading his Eurydice out from the underworld of small town hell. Francesca Smith unleashes Vivienne Walshe’s unique poetic language in this vivid, dark and inventive new Australian play.
Late-comers will not be admitted, so please make sure you arrive with time to spare.
Just Visiting and Griffin Independent present this World Premiere
Director Francesca Smith
Designer Fiona Crombie
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Composer and Sound Designer Marty Jamieson
With Yalin Ozucelik & Ava Torch
Previews 19, 20 June
Season 22 June – 13 July
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday, 13 July – 2pm and 7pm
Run time: approximately 75 minutes.
“This poignant teenage love story is narrated with simplicity and directness, in beautiful revealing verse…Nobody who knows or remembers the agonies of adolescence could fail to be moved by it.” John McCallum, The Australian
“A story well told, with characters well-observed and scenes that blossom in your mind’s eye” Dee Jefferson, Time Out Sydney
“Marvellously acted and intriguingly directed” Frank Hatherley, StageWhispers
“Torch invests a singer’s skills into Walshe’s sinuous lines and beat-poetic rhythms. Vocally and physically, her Chloe radiates brassy warmth.” Jason Blake, SMH
“Torch and Ozucelik succeed in maintaining a tight rhythm and through line amid the poetic meanderings from inner thought to memory to immediate dialogue.” Jessica Keath, Concrete Playground
“Go. Surrender and have a novel in language of true poetry. Let it seep into you. I think that this is the best new Australian play, writing, I have seen this year, so far.” Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
“Francesca Smith’s strong direction has given the play both the intimacy of a romantic drama and the expansive gesture of tragedy, expertly exploring the nature of love and despair.” Geraldine Worthington, OzBabyBoomers