Updated the “Elling” section with 3 photos, articles and an interview. Click on the photo below for more info about the play.
“It’s about two unlikely friends who meet in a kind of extended mental health care facility as they’re both dealing with crises in their lives. One of them, the eponymous hero Elling, has arrived there as a man in his mid-40s, who has lived all of his life with his mother. [He’s had] certain issues – fear of going out, fear of answering the telephone, lots of things – but lived rather happily in a well-balanced world with his mum.” When his mother dies he ends up in the facility and meets Kjell, a 40-year-old sex- and food-obsessed virgin. “They get put in a room together, and strike up a very unusual friendship,” says Pamela Rabe. Eventually the welfare system moves them to an apartment of their own, on the condition that they prove they can lead normal, independent lives. The rest of the play follows them trying to do just that against obstacles that Rabe says can sometimes seem insurmountable.
Daniel Boud took some great photos from the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opening night last Friday. Seems like Pam got some extra padding 😉
Here are some more photos of the production:
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Photos by lyridsmc and Daniel Boud
An incomparable cast gather for this boozy, sultry furore of Southern fireworks. Hugo Weaving will be at his magnetic best as the commanding patriarch. The transcendent Pamela Rabe returns as Big Mama following her Helpmann Award-winning performance in The Children. Harry Greenwood (Cloud Nine) brings fresh brilliance to the stratified role of Brick and Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) will give us an unmissable Maggie the Cat. -STC | Get your tickets here!
The Jumpy section got an update: An interview with Pamela Rabe, rehearsal pics and I colourised the photo below from the opening night.
Director Pamela Rabe, no stranger to STC as both an actor (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and a director, (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) brings her deft touch to the play’s generous wit and pathos as this contemporary family struggles to navigate the perils of teenage rebellion and domestic life without falling apart. – Sydney Theatre Company
The ‘Boston Marriage‘ section was updated with 3 more photos as well as an audio interview from June 2010 where Pamela Rabe was at the ABC Radio Melbourne studios to talk about the play together with Wilbur Wilde and Keith Potger.