A mesmerising piece of playwriting – generous, compassionate and subtle – The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements is joined by a host of community choirs in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.
Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers – and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community – and the ideals that formed it – are blown apart.
After the event, a dialogue unfolds between Claire and a young man. She is unpacking the Pandora’s box of herself – her rage, her fears, and ultimately some hope. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within, a lost generation. He plays many roles, but in an era of Port Arthur and Martin Place they all ask the same big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?
A co-production with Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia
By David Greig
Director / Clare Watson
Composer / John Browne
Set & Lighting Designer / Geoff Cobham
Musical Director / Carol Young
Fight Choreographer / Scott Witt
The Boy / Johnny Carr
Claire / Catherine McClements
Pianist /Carol Young
“It was impossible not to be moved.” SMH
“The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.” Stage Whispers
“Claire’s community chorus – the “one big crazy tribe” – lifted the show out of relentless darkness, finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.” Daily Review