The Gift

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?

THE GIFT CAST: Chris (CJ) Bowers, Melissa Cuthbertson, Colin Dean, Mandy Lowrie

THE GIFT CAST: Chris (CJ) Bowers, Melissa Cuthbertson, Colin Dean, Mandy Lowrie

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

77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

PERFORMANCE DURATION: 2.5 hours (with interval)
PATRONS ADVICE: some strong language