A Prudent Man

Wednesday 15 November at 7.30pm
Thursday 16 November at 7.30pm
Friday 17 November at 7.30pm
Saturday 18 November at 7.30pm

Gasworks Studio Theatre

Approx 60 minutes

Strict Lockout, No patrons admitted after show start
Mild Coarse Language
Mild Depictions Of Violence
Mild Sexual References
Minors under 18 may attend with a parent or legal guardian

Full $30 per show (min 3 shows)
Concession $25 per show (min 3 shows)

Full $45
Concession $40
Under 30 $40
Group (6+) $35

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Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park Presents

A Prudent Man

A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on a table, but that’s all. Perhaps this is an investigation. What has he done wrong?

What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly? Embodying their slogans, mannerisms and headlines, A Prudent Man is an amalgamation of recent history’s conservative politicians.

Writer and director Katy Warner recently won the 2016 AWGIE for Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside and the 2017 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for The Trip. Her 2013 Melbourne Fringe play Dropped was nominated for two Green Room Awards and has been performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Edinburgh. Katy holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from VCA and a BEd from Edith Cowan University and has worked as assistant director for Melbourne Theatre Company, St Martins Youth Theatre and The French Woods Festival, New York. Her debut novel will be published by Black Ink in 2018.

Performer Lyall Brooks has appeared in the Helpmann Award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Heretic (MTC) and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). He has received three Green Room award nominations for Patricia Cornelius’ Savages, The Pride for Red Stitch and The Thing About Men (Magnormos).

You simply must see this shocking commentary on conservative politics… Lyall Brooks’ mannerisms and stutters and body language are perfect… the perfect vessel for Warner’s informed and undeviating words and direction… This show is what happens when a small group of brilliant and creative people come together: they make something wonderful.” ★★★★★ Dani Rothwell, Theatre People

This is theatre at the very top of its game: complex, enlightening and thoroughly accomplished… This new text by Katy Warner is as assured as it is incisive… Lyall Brooks gives a brutally exposed hour-long performance deserving of a far grander stage… Lab Kelpie is one of Australia’s most exciting independent theatre companies on the rise.” ★★★★★ Maxim Boon, The Music

Clearly inspired by recent Australian politics, Warner’s piece has become even more relevant with the rise of populist, conservative movements in the US and Europe. A polished performance… in the space of just 50 minutes, this one-man monologue turns from an extended metaphor to a dark thriller – with a powerful and thought-provoking finale. It is profound and will make you think.” ★★★★ Kent Acott, The West Australian


Written & Directed by Katy Warner
Starring Lyall Brooks
Produced by Adam Fawcett


Gasworks Art Park’s Moving Parts season presents the very best of professional theatre. Performed on the main stage, our Moving Parts season is a curated mix of drama, music, circus, and comedy. From international exclusives to shows created specifically for our stage, we’ve scoured the globe to select eight extraordinary performances especially for you.

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