Red Sky Morning

Hailed as “play of the year” by The Sunday Age, Tom Holloway's award winning Red Sky Morning will make its Brisbane premiere at the Judith Wright Centre from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 October 2010.

Winning the 2009 Green Room Award for Best New Australian Writing, Red Sky Morning is a witty, moving and lyrical account of a day-in-the-life of a conflicted family and examines depression and isolation in regional Australia. Internationally acclaimed playwright Tom Holloway weaves the characters’ inner thoughts, experimenting with a musical overlapping form, and combines a robust Australian vernacular in Red Sky Morning to create a 'new' theatre experience.
“Time has taught me how amazing the experience of theatre can be; I mean theatre that grabs you in the guts. Theatre that can give you an experience you’ve never had before and can’t get anywhere else.” Holloway said.  
“Red Sky Morning is a play where I have tried to capture this experience in a new way. I hope it is not so much a play you go and see, as one you go an experience.” he said.
“My hope is that you will sit back and let the words and the rhythm of the work wash over you."

Red Sky Morning is about a family (mother, father and teenage daughter) who are unable to deal with the mother’s alcohol addiction and have stopped communicating with each other. Playing to critical acclaim in 2008, Red Sky Morning was nominated for six Green Room Awards in 2009, winning Best New Writing for the Australian Stage. The show was remounted for the 2009 FULL TILT at the Victorian Arts Centre. Developed over a year of readings, workshops and rewrites, Red Sky Morning was commissioned and produced by Melbourne’s renowned Red Stitch Theatre (home to Logie Award-winning actor Kat Stewart, of Underbelly and Offspring fame). Red Sky Morning won the 2007 R E Ross Trust Development Award and was funded by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council during the script development process.

Red Sky Morning is brought to life by a stellar Australian cast including David Whitely (Artistic Director of Red Stitch), Sarah Sutherland and Erin Dewar. Australian audiences will be familiar with all three actors; David Whiteley stars in the upcoming film, The Killer Elite with Clive Owen, Robert de Niro and Jason Statham, and has featured in City Homicide ('Serious Men'), the US Beastmaster series, Ponderosa, The Man From Snowy River, Stingers, as well as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Good Guys Bad Guys and The Hollowmen.
Cast member Sarah Sutherland recently starred in the latest Melbourne Theatre Company show, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, opposite Lisa McCune, and earlier this year played opposite Chris Lilley in his new TV series Angry Boys. Sarah’s other TV and film credits include The Director, In Your Dreams, The Academy, Stingers, Blue Heelers and Neighbours. Erin Dewar’s TV credits include Underbelly, Blue Heelers and most recently performing the role of Tanya Tasker on Neighbours. In 2009, Erin received a Green Room nomination for her body of work in theatre, only five years after she graduated from BAPA (Ballarat Arts Academy).

Described as “one of the most exciting young playwrights in Australia” (Nick Marchand, previous Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company), Tasmanian playwright Tom Holloway attended NIDA's playwriting studio and the Royal Court's International Playwriting Studio. Holloway’s other plays include Beyond The Neck, Snapshot, Revelator, The Bus and Stones In My Passway and Don’t Say The Words. In 2008, Tom won an AWGIE Award for Best Stage Play for Beyond the Neck, and in 2010 won an AWGIE Award for Best Stage Play for And No More Shall We Part.  

Red Sky Morning will play at the Judith Wright Centre from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 October 2010. 

Produced by Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Red Sky Morning is toured by Performing Lines for Road Work. It has received support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia.

“PLAY OF THE YEAR... succeeds on every level... Tom Holloway's script is tight - hilarious and frequently heart-rending - and performances from David Whiteley, Sarah Sutherland and Erin Dewar are pitch-perfect... a complex, urgent production that deserves to live on.” (Sunday Age)
“Breathtaking...testament to one of the rising stars of Australian theatre.” (The Age)

Play of the Year
Venue: Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Dates:  05–09/10/10

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