Long Day's Journey into Night

By Eugene O'Neill
March 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 @ 7.30 Matinee Sunday 22 @ 4.00 Early Tuesday 24 @ 6.30
Goodwood Institute, 166a Goodwood Rd, Goodwood
presented by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service

"None of us can help what life has done to us. They’re done before you realise it, until, at last, everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever."

Considered the greatest American play ever written, O’Neill’s autobiographical “play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood” is a family drama with all the mythic status of Greek tragedy.

The father of modern American theatre based his masterpiece on his own family – his miserly actor-father, his drug-addicted mother, his dissolute older brother and his own tormented self. Over one emotion-filled day and night in 1912, the younger son’s diagnosis of tuberculosis drives his mother back into her addiction to morphine. As she slips further away from them, all the family’s conflicts and fears emerge, in a tragic, poetic cycle of blame and ultimate understanding.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this classic which has not been performed in Adelaide since Independent Theatre’s own 1986 production. 

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The One Day of the Year

by Alan Seymour
SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY STAGED PLAYREADING to commemorate the centenary of Anzac Day
ANZAC EVE, FRIDAY APRIL 24 at 7.30pm
Goodwood Institute 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood 

"Your boy’s growing up. You’ve got to face that. He’s got the right to think and say what he likes. Any fightin’ we ever did, you’n’ me, in any wars, it was to give him that right. "

One of Australia’s favourite plays, Alan Seymour’s 1958 play explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against the beery haze and nostalgic sentimentality of that conglomeration of legend, mythology and national celebration that is Anzac Day.

It tells of a young university student, Hughie Cook, who helps his girlfriend Jan write a newspaper article which is critical of the Anzac Day memorial and its boozy celebrations, bringing Hughie into conflict with his ex-serviceman father, Alf.

The play unravels the strands of prejudice that often underpin strongly held beliefs, and explores the deterioration of the national commemoration. Family drama and intergenerational conflict are interwoven with the broader problems of an Australian sense of identity. 

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
August 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7.45, Matinee Saturday 12 at 2.15, Early Monday 7 at 6.30
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre 

Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can! 

Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic masterpiece of the Roaring Twenties, on the Adelaide stage for the first time.

Young New York stockbroker, Nick Carraway, rents a cottage next door to the mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby – a flamboyant but enigmatic self-made man with murky business interests. As the two men strike up an unlikely friendship, Gatsby reveals his impossible love for Nick’s married cousin, Daisy Buchanan. Since meeting and then losing Daisy during the Great War, Gatsby has made himself fabulously wealthy. He is ready to risk everything to woo her back from her insensitive society husband, and enlists Nick’s help in reaching her.

But Daisy has been changed by wealth, and Gatsby’s dreams of re-kindling their love affair seems doomed to end in disillusionment and tragedy. 

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Red Velvet

by Lolita Chakrabarti
November 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7.30, Matinees Sunday 22 at 4.00 & Saturday 28 at 2.00, Early Tuesday 24 at 6.30
Goodwood Institute, 166a Goodwood Rd, Goodwood
presented by arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Pty Ltd

"When Kean plays the Moor, we're amazed at how skilfully he descends into this base African tragedy. But, with me, it seems I’m revealing my true nature."

The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. 1833. Edmund Kean, England’s greatest actor, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. The company faces ruin. The manager invites a brilliant young American actor called Ira Aldridge to take over the role. The company is saved.

The only problem is – he’s black. It is unheard of – a black actor playing Othello! So, as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?

Based on fact, Lolita Chakrabarti’s brilliant new play premiered in London in 2012, starring her husband, Adrian Lester, as Ira Aldridge. Independent Theatre’s own Shedrick Yarkpai – the rst African-born actor to play Othello in Australia – creates the central role for Adelaide. 

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