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Night Slows Down
November 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 9, 2017
An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Sunday, repeating until December 9, 2017
17th November to 9th December 2017
Tues – Sat at 7.30pm; Sundays at 5pm
Venue: Kings Cross Theatre [KXT]
Theatre Company: bAKEHOUSE
Written as a response to recent events in global politics, Don’t Look Away and bAKEHOUSE will present a powerful new production, Night Slows Down, exploring how small choices and moral failures can lead inexorably to a disaster point.
Written and directed by acclaimed Sydney theatre-maker, Phillip James Rouse (Inner Voices, A Property of the Clan, The Legend of King O’Malley), Night Slows Down imagines a world where far right extremists have won the election. Where ordinary citizens riot in the streets and human rights are denied. On the horizon, storms clouds are gathering.
In the face of a dying democracy, the vilification of experts and looming environmental disaster – Night Slows Down sees the scale of the problems we face globally, telescoped down to a single family.
Sharon (Danielle King – No End of Blame) wants to find her husband. Martin (Johnny Nasser – The Ham Funeral) wants to be free. Seth’s (Andre de Vany – The Rover) hatred has been manipulated and weaponised. We watch as they make choices anyone might make, and the devastating unexpected repercussions these choices have on the future.
Playwright and Director Phillip James Rouse said, “I couldn’t find any plays that spoke to the immediate moment, what it’s like to live in 2017. I have been wanting to move Don’t Look Away into new writing for some time. The timing was right so I decided to write my own work. Night Slows Down explores how the choices of everyday people reflect grand failures of governance that ultimately can lead to a disaster point. How failures and compromises can and will affect our future.”
“The show sees the corrosion of government, visa detainees become state labour forces, exasperated experts try to avert disasters and entire cities destroyed. It imagines a world that is potentially only a moment away, and a tragedy that may be too late to avoid!”
Suzanne Millar, Co-Artistic Director of bAKEHOUSE said, “This play was programmed for KXT before it was written, when it was just an idea. Our faith in Phil’s ability to speak about what is happening in the world right at this moment has proved to be a risk worth taking: Night Slows Down seems ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.”
Joining together for the first time, Don’t Look Away (the smash hit independent show Inner Voices; nominated for seven Sydney Theatre Awards) and bAKEHOUSE (political powerhouse productions The Laden Table and Jatinga), will bring this thought-provoking world-premiere to the KXT stage, examining the principles we break to protect those we love.
Writer and Director: Phillip James Rouse; Production Design: Anna Gardiner and Martelle Hunt; Lighting Design: Sian James-Holland; Dramaturg: Nell Ranney; Assistant Director: Chantelle Jamieson; With: Andre de Vanney, Danielle King and Johnny Nasser.
Adult $35 | Concession $30 | Previews and Cheap Tuesday $25