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BELVOIR ANNOUNCES PART ONE OF SEASON 2021

”Stop Girl’ Pic by Daniel Boud

Belvoir is pleased to announce the productions making up the first part of their 2021 season. In recognition of the unpredictable times at hand, the first  announcement reveals the shows that will take to the stage from February to September  2021, with the second announcement to be shared in early 2021. 

Comprising of four brand new shows and the welcome return of two ‘all-time best’ shows,  Belvoir’s 2021 season continues to celebrate outstanding established and emerging voices and great Australian storytelling, as we all optimistically turn to a new kind of normal. 

BELVOIR’S 2021 SEASON – PART ONE 

FANGIRLS: SAT 30 JAN – SAT 20 FEB, AT THE SEYMOUR CENTRE 

Back after an overwhelming sell-out debut season is thrilling new musical Fangirls. Written by the superb young talent, Yve Blake, the fun is bolstered by a vibrant and eclectic cast who perfectly embody the frenzy of the digital spaces young fangirls inhabit. It returns as an award-winning show, as Winner of Best Production of a Mainstage Musical at the Sydney  Theatre Awards and Best Musical or Cabaret at the Queensland Matilda Awards. 

Book, music and lyrics by Yve Blake 

Director Paige Rattray 

Associate Director Carissa Licciardello

With a cast including Aydan, Chika Ikogwe, Shubshri Kandiah, Ayesha Madon and James  Majoos, Karis Oka 

STOP GIRL: 20 MARCH – 25 APRIL  

The premiere of a new play from Walkley Award-winning ABC foreign correspondent Sally  Sara. A fictional drama that asks how we get back to ‘normal’ life after being ripped away from it, Stop Girl is a ratbaggy, wise play told through the unerring eye of one of the country’s great journos. 

Written by Sally Sara 

Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks 

With a cast including Sheridan Harbridge 

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN: 6 MAY – 23 MAY 

Back by popular demand, the magnetic Anita Hegh will reprise her role in this return season of 2020’s production A Room of One’s Own. Rippling with passion, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of  One’s Own is arguably one of the finest pieces of writing in the last hundred years. Woolf’s essay has been painstakingly adapted by Carissa Licciardello and Tom Wright, and stars Anita  Hegh and Ella Prince. 

Written by Virginia Woolf 

Adapted for the stage by Carissa Licciardello and Tom Wright 

Directed by Carissa Licciardello 

With a cast including Anita Hegh, Ella Prince 

THE CHERRY ORCHARD: 29 MAY – 27 JUNE 

It’s an uncertain time. Change is coming, you can sniff it in the air. Chekhov’s great, last play needs no embellishment to describe our times. A richly talented cast from today’s Australia,  including Pamela Rabe and Keith Robinson, in a classic as funny as it is profound. This promises to be one of the highlights of 2021. 

Written by Anton Chekhov 

Directed by Eamon Flack 

With a cast including Nadie Kammallaweera, Pamela Rabe and Keith Robinson 

MISS PEONY: 3 JULY – 1 AUGUST 

A brand-new comedy from the writer of the nationwide smash hit Single Asian Female.  Michelle Law’s (SBS’s Homecoming Queens) Miss Peony is a glitzy, glamorous and slightly unhinged comedy about a Chinese-Australian beauty pageant, the competitive advice of a  ghostly grandmother and being caught between two generations and two cultures. 

Written by Michelle Law 

Directed by Courtney Stewart 

With a cast including Michelle Law, Mabel Li, Shirong Wu 

AT WHAT COST?: 7 AUGUST – 5 SEPTEMBER  

A brilliant new play from a brilliant Palawa voice, Nathan Maynard, the 2019 Balnaves Fellow.  A robust, clear-eyed story set in Tasmania, now – Dan’s got enough on his plate between keeping a young family together and his responsibilities to land and people. But every year  more and more folk are claiming to be Palawa too. Folk no-one’s heard of until now, who haven’t been ‘round before. Are they legit? Or are they ‘tick-a-box’? Who decides? And how?  A trip for old mob and new back into a knotty past. 

Written by Nathan Maynard 

Directed by Isaac Drandic 

Indigenous Theatre is supported by the Balnaves Foundation. 

Belvoir Artistic Director, Eamon Flack said: “We’re always talking about change here at  Belvoir, but no-one could have foreseen a year like the one we’ve had! It’s particularly rocked our community of artists. But we’re responding to some pretty massive challenges the way a  theatre should – on our stage. We’re packing all the energy of the moment into Part one – some reminders of what we’ve always done well, and some bold, contemporary voices too.  Onwards!” 

KATIE POLLOCK’S ‘NORMAL’ @ THE OLD 505

Katie Pollock’s NORMAL is an intriguing nigh in the theatre.

The play is set in an unstated town where everyone is living ordinary lives then one day a young woman Polly develops tics and loses control of some of her body’s expressions and movements much like a person suffering from  Tourette’s syndrome.  She has medical tests which come back negative.  Locals are distraught by what’s happening to  her. By the end of the show other people in the town have developed a similar condition.

There’s a lot to ruminate over with this play. What is it really about? There is no tidy ending and the playwright leaves it up to each member of the audience to make up their own mind. My take is that the play is about young women  who have problems expressing themselves and as a result they develop a  Tourettes like condition, a sign of how repressed they are. They need to somehow free themselves, to develop their own identities.  By the end of the play, Poppy has at least in some ways liberated herself, whilst her friends lag behind.  Continue reading KATIE POLLOCK’S ‘NORMAL’ @ THE OLD 505

THE WOLVES: FEMALE SOLIDARITY ON THE SOCCER FIELD

American playwright Sarah Delappe takes us into the world of a teenage women’s soccer team, THE WOLVES. The play has generated plenty of interest, not surprising considering how popular women’s soccer is in Australia and of-course we have our own much loved national team, the Matildas.

THE WOLVES follows the team as they compete over a number of matches in an attempt to qualify for the Nationals (the main competition in America). The players take their sport seriously and are keen to be discovered by talent scouts who come to see them play. It may lead to a scholarship to a University which then gives gives them great career options.

Whilst it is a sports story, the focus is more personal as we  get to know each of the girls, and their issues. For example, there’s the goalkeeper suffering from high anxiety who isn’t able to open up to the group and spends a lot of time rushing to the toilet to throw up.. Continue reading THE WOLVES: FEMALE SOLIDARITY ON THE SOCCER FIELD