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2018 SHORT SEASON SPECIAL EVENTS

In 2018, we have curated a year of EXTRA EVENTS to enrich and compliment the themes and ideas within our central season. From tear-jerking tales of self-discovery to side-splitting fanfare, we are proud to present a wide variety of performances, all anchored by a wholesome serve of thought-provoking storytelling.

Starting with the world premiere of a hilariously riotous and queered up Greek tragedy, Antigone X as part of the Midsumma Festival, the Theatre Works Parish doors will open to a head-banging Aussie cocktail of gender, queer agendas, genetics, and political leadership.

Across May, playwright and author, Hannie Rayson, brings her comedic one-woman show to Theatre Works. Directed by Matthew Lutton and featuring select stories from her acclaimed novel Hello, Beautiful!, Rayson shares tales from an adventurous life to seek out the extraordinary in the everyday. Then, we present a compelling double bill, Elegy by Douglas Rintoul and Swansong by Connor McDermottroe, two intimate stories that will leave you breathless from riveting narrative tension and wonderfully heartfelt performances.

In November, director John Kachoyan delivers a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home in UK Playwright Jon Brittain’s brand new work, Rotterdam. Award-winning indie company, The Danger Ensemble, end the year with a bang with their critically acclaimed dystopian adaptation, The Hamlet Apocalypse.  Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before, seven actors stage Hamlet on the eve of the apocalypse, asking us to consider what gives our lives meaning as their world ends.

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