By Campion Decent
27 August - 20 September 2014
A successful man of the theatre finds a front row seat in a strange new tragicomedy: the undignified death of his parents. There’s not much time left for either his ailing mother the actress, still prone to melodramatics, or his father the salesman, still flogging his side of the story. But there’s just enough time to open old wounds and have a jolly good go at new ones.
At once personal and universal, Unholy Ghosts invites us to reflect on the narrative turning point that visits all our life stories. It’s an irreverent, life-affirming take on loss with all the inherent funniness of a good funeral.
A family portrait painted in warm, uplifting colours, Unholy Ghosts won Campion Decent the 2012 Rodney Seaborn Playwright’s Award and is directed by Kim Hardwick.
White Box Theatre and Griffin Independent present this world premiere.
Director Kim Hardwick
Production Designer Martin Kinnane
Composer: Michael Huxley
Assistant Director: Rebecca Scott
Stage Manager: Lauren Egan
With Robert Alexander, James Lugton, Anna Volska
Previews 27 and 28 August
Season 30 August – 20 September
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 20 September 2pm and 7pm
“…this is a real tearjerker, full of warmth, light and some excellent laughs. It’s such an enjoyable, engrossing crowd-pleaser, with bucketloads of heart, it seems almost certain to have a life beyond this initial season.” Crikey, Ben Neutze
“The work is an irreverent and life-affirming take on loss… Despite the heavy content, Unholy Ghosts is an extremely funny production…”ABC, Michael Cathcart
“…it is striking a chord with audiences — some who sniffled and discreetly dabbed at their eyes, and others who didn’t hide their sobs or gasping attempts for breath between tears. When a play touches an audience it’s doing something right.” Aussie Theatre, Cassie Tongue
“Campion Decent depicts an honest, entertaining and darkly hilarious personal journey toward the final frontier.” Arts Hub, Danielle Lyonne
“Unholy Ghosts brings together an amazing cast of senior performers. Anna Volska returns to the stage to play the ailing actress mother… Robert Alexander, who plays the father, has been an actor for forty years… They are joined by James Lugton, who has won two Sydney Theatre Best Actor awards…” Cult Magazine, Garrett Bithell
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