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Belvoir announces its 2019 season focussing on the ‘now'

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Sydney’s Belvoir Belvoir St Theatre announced its 2019 season tonight.
It begins with the world premiere of COUNTING & CRACKING, created in conjunction with CuriousWorks. Presented at Sydney’s Town Hall and co-commission by CIAF, Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival, this “epic production” will comprise theatre, music, dancing and food, “on a scale not seen before”. It’s a story told with 16 actors who play four generations of a “family living from Pendle Hill to Colombo, in a play about Australia as a land of refuge, Sri Lanka’s efforts to remain united, and reconciliation within families across countries and generations”. 
In February, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize drama finalist THE WOLVES by American writer Sara DeLappe is the story of a teen soccer team. The production staged at Sydney’s Old Fitz this year will move to Belvoir.
In March, Kate Mulvany’s one-woman play EVERY BRLLIANT THING tells the story of a child describing her mother’s depression and compiles a list of every beautiful thing in life – a child’s reasons to help mum keep going. Now, 20 years later and the child is grown up but she’s still compiling her list. What started as a naïve way of getting through the day has become a profound truth – that the sublime can be found in the everyday. 
The Belvoir hit, BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS will return ahead of a national tour. Written by Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine and directed by Leticia Cáceres, the show features the original cast of Yovich, Elaine Crombie and Troy Brady.
May will premiere WINYANBOGA YURRINGA is “inspired by the landmark TV series WOMEN OF THE SUN, written by Andrea James and directed by Anthea Williams”
THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE by Andrew Bovell and directed by Neil Armfield is the story of a couple for 30 years who have raised four children. “At the end of it all, they are left asking: Was it worth it? Who are we now that the children have gone?,” the blurb says.
Brecht’s THE LIFE OF GALILEO gets the Tom Wright adaptation treatment with Colin Friels as Galileo in a portrait of a man who realises the entire system is based on lies – and of his response when the forces of money and orthodoxy threaten him”.
Yve Blake’s FANGIRLS (programmed after its world premiere at Queensland Theatre earlier in 2019) is about hardcore fan girls. “Harry is in ‘True Connection’ – the biggest boy band in the world. When True Connection announce a tour stop in Edna’s city she realises this is her one chance to convince Harry of their destiny, and she’ll do anything in the name of true love.”
The year ends with Tommy Murphy’s new play PACKER & SONS which puts on stage the men who have loomed large over Sydney for nearly 100 years” in a “rich study of Australian masculinity”.
Belvoir’s artistic director, Eamon Flack said: “These shows are all about now – and with one exception they’ve all been written in the last five years. We’ve picked them to give audiences some invigoration, some joy, some damn good human vibes in these perplexing times.
Image from Barbara and the Camp Dogs

One response to “Belvoir announces its 2019 season focussing on the ‘now'

  1. What “adaptation treatment:, i wonder, does Brecht’s “Life of Galileo” really need — from tom, Wright or anyone else?

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