World News – UA – Show must go on: Sydney Theater Company targets full house


The Sydney Theater Company predicts its 2021 season will play at full capacity as expectations rise in the arts sector and restrictions on theater audiences lift before December 1

Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow will open the first season of the first theater company after COVID-19 restrictions It will also give audiences the first experience of the company’s renovated home in the Walsh Bay Arts District

Kip Williams (center), artistic director of the Sydney Theater Company and playwright Kate Mulvany (left) who adapts director Playing Beatie Bow from Ruth Park and Jessica Arthur (green dress), Home, I’m Darling Credit: Edwina Pickles

The story of the ghostly timeslip holds particular synchronicity for the company, as it takes place in The Rocks, the actual suburb that STC calls home The Company returns to The Wharf from mid-December

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STC Artistic Director Kip Williams has announced the first five plays for the 2021 season, which are specially designed to generate warmth and connection for a post-pandemic audience living in relative domestic isolation

The two new theaters were « really beautiful », he said, and complement Richard Wherrett’s vision of fully flexible spaces

The second half of the season will be announced in March when there is greater certainty around the restrictions but the long-term viability of STC, one of the few arts societies in Sydney to have requested rescue funds from the government, « absolutely » depends on lifting social distancing requirements, Williams said

In the coming months, three international musicals will take to the Sydney stages, darkened since March – all demanding an audience capable of leading what the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, hopes to be a renaissance of tourism through the arts

The easing of restrictions is the subject of active discussions by the state government, according to several industry sources. If not announced for PIPPIN, opening at the Sydney Lyric Theater on November 24 and The state’s first major test of a COVID-free mass-turnout live performance, it could be in place by the time the Disney Frozen musical opens on December 1

With the premiere of Playing Beatie Bow in February, Williams said the company « felt very confident » that its cast, led by Catherine Văn-Davies, would perform to a large audience. Any relaxation in December would be just in time for Wharf Revue’s last hurray: Good Night and Good Luck

Mulvany said she read Play Beatie Bow and it transformed the way she saw The Rocks / Tallawoladah as a place of history, mystery and magic The story was timeless and « a story heartbreaking love, heritage, time travel and « magic » that would show every aspect of the new space and reopening with the Aussie classic was a « no-brainer, » Williams said

STC’s first act is also marked by Wesley Enoch’s return to theater after leaving the Sydney festival last year Former STC resident director is back for the Australian premiere of Appropriate, a comedy dark family from the pen of American playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Marina Prior will star alongside Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical) in Fun Home, a musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s coming-of-age graphic novel With Home, I’m Darling , the new production of Fun Home directed by Dean Bryant has been postponed from the disrupted 2020 season

« It is a season of warmth, humor, ideas and fun and designed to welcome the audience to their place of origin but also to return to the theater itself and allow people to reconnect with their community and the art form of sharing experiences, « Williams said

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