Photo Credit: Shane Anthony Photography
A Conversation by David Williamson - 'an autopsy of grief, guilt, and hope that makes for rewarding viewing.’ - THEATRECRAFT
September 13 - 21, 2019
Would you sit in the same room as the person who murdered your child, let alone have a conversation?
A Conversation is the 2nd play in David Williamson’s Jack Manning Trilogy, exploring the use of community conferencing – a process where victims and perpetrators meet and talk. Described by Williamson himself as a play that could be ‘the most powerful I’ve ever written’, A Conversation sees two fictional families meet – the parents of the victim, and those close to the person convicted of raping and murdering their child.
Presented by Dauntless Theatre in association with FizzWack Theatre, the play asks this fundamental question throughout: In what way are we (as individuals, as a society and as a species) culpable through indifference and/or ignorance brought about by long-standing cultural standards?
Audiences will witness a personal discussion, in a meeting space designed to evoke the visceral, real-life atmosphere of the situation. They’ll be flies on the wall, as the play explores themes of classism, nature vs. nurture, toxic masculinity, the devastating human effect of violent crime and especially, the vastness of its impact.
After a well-received community theatre season of A Conversation in October last year, Director Lee Cook and performer Kadey McIntosh felt compelled to remount this important theatrical work, thus forming Dauntless Theatre in 2019. FizzWack Theatre, promptly offered to back the venture having attended a performance of the original production, impressed by how well it aligned with FizzWack’s commitment ‘to creating edgy and fresh theatre that tackles interesting and challenging scripts for Melbourne audiences’.
Join us for a serious ensemble performance of material that is brutal, confronting and sadly, at its core, forever relevant – that we hope will kindle a continuing conversation, beyond the life of this production.
A Conversation by David Williamson and Directed by Lee Cook
Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Ben Mitchell as JACK MANNING
Julia Lambert as LORIN ZEMANICK
Peter Prenga as DEREK MILSOM
Lisa Balzer Whitney as BARBARA MILSOM
Ron Fenton as BOB SHORTER
Kerry Davies as CORAL WILLIAMS
Kadey Mac as GAIL WILLIAMS
Doug Lyons as MICK WILLIAMS
Lee Cook as SCOTT WILLIAMS
PICTURED: Reschelle OC as DONNA MILSOM
Warning: This play is possibly not suitable for children.
Exciting stuff to come
After your feedback and some fantastic reviews for our very first productions Ruben Guthrie and Misterman, we are very excited to be working on bring you some quality and fresh theatre.
FizzWack and Dauntless bring you A Conversation in September 2019.
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