Presented by Hamley Productions
Times and dates:
Friday 26th May 8pm
Saturday 27th May 2pm
Saturday 27th May 7pm
Thursday 1st June 7pm
Friday 2nd June 8pm
Saturday 3rd June 2pm
Saturday 3rd June 7pm
Student (full time under 21) $30
Earlybird offer until 7 April
An unlikely friendship, a generational battle and an ingenuously crafted twist that challenges moralistic values and social integrities. 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?
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?
Andrew Casey, Chris Jackson, Tia Landeg, Clare Pearson
Directed by: Chris Hamley
Lighting Design: Jason James
Set Design: Katharine Hamley
PRAISE FOR ‘THE GIFT’
“….it is no longer easy to fashion any moral quandary that can truly shock an audience, and Murray-Smith has managed to grab hold of (something) rare and original..” — The Hollywood Reporter
“Fresh imagination, shimmering wit and emotional honesty.” — Time Out
“The questions (Murray-Smith) poses are familiar, even if nobody is brave enough to utter them aloud. She is, unquestionably, a ribbon-wrapped present to public theatre.” — Crikey (MTC Review)
“There’s a secret — a preposterous gift — that is revealed near the end of Joanna Murray-Smith’s play, and it’s a real doozy.” — Variety Review