Ruben Guthrie

Underbelly's Gyton Grantley headlines a top-shelf cast in the Queensland premiere of Brendan Cowell's award-winning comedy Ruben Guthrie, playing at La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 October.

Ruben Guthrie tells the story of an ad agency creative director who breaks his arm jumping off a hotel roof after an industry awards night, prompting his mum to cart him off to Alcoholics Anonymous. It premiered at Belvoir's Downstairs Theatre in 2008, sold-out before opening, and was revived for the main stage in 2009 for another sell-out season.

It's written by Brendan Cowell, who is best known as an actor, with starring roles on TV (Tom in Love My Way), film (Noise, for which he won a Film Critics Circle Award), and on stage (as Hamlet in Bell Shakespeare's 2009 production and in Philip Seymour Hoffman's 2010 production of True West for Sydney Theatre Company).

Cowell has written over ten plays, winning the Patrick White Playwrights' Award, the Philip Parsons Award and the Griffin Award. Ruben Guthrie is his most recent play, written during a year of sobriety.

"It's no secret I wrote this play after a year of not drinking," Cowell said. "The decision to stop came after a pretty rough bender on the sauce where I behaved in a manner that my Grandmother would not be proud of.

"The 12 months off grog were not easy. The initial difficulty was NOT DRINKING. After a hard day's work there is nothing sweeter than a cleansing ale… I realised very quickly that my life was based around alcohol. Especially in my industry of choice. We meet for drinks to discuss potential projects, we meet for drinks to celebrate the project, we meet for drinks to debrief the project, and we meet for drinks because we met on the project. We meet for drinks."

This Queensland premiere production is directed by Artistic Director David Berthold; his fourth production for La Boite, following Hamlet (2010 Matilda Award Winner: Best Mainstage Production), I Love You, Bro and Julius Caesar.

Ruben Guthrie
Venue: La Boite, Brisbane

Dates:  08/010-12/11/11
$26.00 – $63.00

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