Hotel Sorrento

WHEN
Thursday 31 May at 7.30pm
Friday 1 June at 1pm and 7.30pm
Saturday 2 June at 7.30pm

WHERE
Gasworks Theatre

RUNNING TIME
Approx 130 minutes including interval

POST SHOW EVENT
Q&A with the cast 1 June
Q&A with Playwright, Hannie Rayson 2 June

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

SINGLE TICKET PRICES
Full $45
Concession $40
Under 30 $40
Group (6+) $30

FULL 2018 MOVING PARTS SEASON
Parallax
Megan Beckwith MARCH
Elements Collective
APRIL
Hotel Sorrento
by Hannie Rayson MAY-JUNE
Which Way Home
Ilbijerri Theatre Company JUNE
Letters to Lindy
Alana Valentine JULY
Cockfight
The Farm SEPTEMBER

ACCESS
Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park and HIT Productions Present

Hotel Sorrento

By Hannie Rayson

A POWERFUL DEPICTION OF A FAMILY IN CRISIS
The award winning play Hotel Sorrento by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.

Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate. The play is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false.

Hotel Sorrento was first performed in 1990 by the Playbox Theatre Company and won an AWGIE, NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award. Since then the play has had over 50 productions throughout Australia and overseas (winning critical acclaim on its London debut), and has been translated into French, Japanese and Swedish.

This will represent the 20th anniversary of HIT’s first production of the play. HIT has a great deal of affection for Hotel Sorrento being that it was a production of this play in 1998, directed by David Latham, that launched HIT’s touring arm in 1999.

“Holding a mirror up to the society in which it was written, it has universal themes and feels even more relevant (than when it premiered in 1990) to a world living in fear, keenly aware of difference and to a nation constantly questioning the nature of being Australian and interrogating our ties to the Mother Country and our alliance with the US. Hannie Rayson perceptively examines these issues through the three sisters (as in Chekhov) who represent distinctly different facets of ‘The Australian’, especially ‘The Australian Woman’. This is a moving, insightful and often very funny piece of entertaining first-rate theatre.” – Denny Lawrence, Director

“Families seem to have an astonishing capacity to endlessly postpone the settling of conflicts and old scores.” – Hannie Rayson

CREDITS

Director Denny Lawrence
Performers Dennis Coard, Dion mills and Kim Denman
A production by Christine Harris & HIT Productionsy

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