Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House$27/STUDENT, $13.50/PSFP
By Louis Nowra
Directed by Sarah Goodes
A joyous love-letter to the stage
This heart-warming and hilarious Australian comedy comes to STC for the first time.
Set in a psychiatric facility, Così is a play about friendship, romance, infidelity and difference. It’s 1971 and Australia is protesting the war in Vietnam. But inside the asylum, the inmates are listening to Mozart, learning their lines and occasionally skipping their medication. It’s art, it’s mayhem, it’s a wonderful roller coaster all the way to opening night.
The icing on the cake is that it’s all based on playwright Louis Nowra’s own life. In the 1970s, he himself directed a musical with inmates from Melbourne’s Mont Park Asylum. The one-off performance brought joy to everyone involved.
Now, former STC Resident Director Sarah Goodes (fresh from winning a Helpmann Award for The Children) brings this joy to our stage. With its cast of loveable characters, Così offers a touching reminder of how art can make our spirits soar.
Approx. duration 2hrs 20 mins (including interval). Subject to change.
Content warning Strong language, adult themes. Subject to change.
DRAMA STAGE 5 AND 6
- Drama Stage 6: Links to Topic 1 Dramatic Traditions in Australia
- Drama Stage 5: Dramatic Form and Performance Styles: Realism/Scripted Drama
- English Stage 6: Advanced and Standard English related or supplementary texts
- Stimulus for writing modules
THEMES AND IDEAS
- Reality and fantasy
- Sanity and insanity
- Fidelity, commitment and love
- Personal growth and change