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25 May 2017, 26 May 2017, 27 May 2017

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27 May 2017, 28 May 2017

It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to 
get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its indeterminate future.

A triptych of glorious mothers—one recovering from the loss
 of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go—are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time of rejuvenation.

Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia 
is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressure of family secrets gather into a storm and break, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.

Content: Malthouse Theatre

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
$35.00 - $69.00

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  • Bar
  • Café
  • Public toilet

  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details.
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times