by Joanna Murray-Smith
An unlikely friendship, a generational battle and an ingenuously crafted twist that challenges moralistic values and social integrities.
Self-made millionaires, comfortably middle-aged Ed and Sadie meet Martin and Chloe – he a struggling conceptual artist and she a wannabe writer – on a thousand-dollar-a-night resort in the tropics and instantly hit it off.
This unlikely friendship develops over drunken conversations about moralistic values and social integrities. Effervescent conversations are lined with pure envy: money and security vs. youth and vibrancy.
These self-obsessed characters expose the tedium of a life of consumerism, the narcissism of contemporary values, the emptiness of the commodification of art, the guilt that seems hard-wired into middle-class parenting, and the poisonous nature of nostalgia.
Wrapped in Joanna Murray-Smith's glinting dialogue, The Gift is a witty examination of our modern moral confusions.
This play has a secret. A preposterous gift. A life-changing proposition. Would you accept?
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
Friday 16th November, 8pm
Saturday 17th November, 8pm
Sunday 18th November, 2pm (*matinee performance)
Thursday 22nd November, 8pm
Friday 23rd November, 8pm
Saturday 24th November, 8pm
CAST: Chris (CJ) Bowers, Colin Dean, Melissa Cuthbertson, Mandie Lowrie
DIRECTED BY: Chris Hamley
PEACOCK THEATRE 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart
PERFORMANCE DURATION: 2.5 hours (with interval)
PATRONS ADVICE: some strong language
TICKET BOOKINGS: Online soon!