Sydney Theatre – Golden Soil

August 6th, 2010


Golden Soil by Carol Dance.  In the game of kickbacks, Australia was the winner!

  • Fri 6, Wed 11, Thurs 12, Fri 13, Sat 14,  August 2010 all at 8pm
  • Parade Theatre

VENUE: Parade Space, Parade Theatres, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington. (Free parking off Day Avenue)
PRICES: Preview $30,  $40 adults, $30 conc/students
$35 seniors, PWA, AWG, MEAA members & season subscribers to Belvoir, STC, Griffin, Ensemble Theatres
BOOKINGS:   or ring 1300 795 012

Director:  Alana Simpson.  Designer: Allan Walpole, Playwright:  Carol Dance
Cast:  Karen Cobban, Christopher Darling, Neveen Hanna, Tim Hunter, Peter McAllum, Paul Pavlakis

Featuring Bruce Petty cartoons, created specifically for Golden Soil!

An Australian in Iraq, Grandpa in the bush, Blackwater, UN, wheat, family, and compassion.   An Australian executive becomes enmeshed in dealings that will rock his family, his country, and the world.   Farcical real world events to make you laugh and cry.

Susan, David and their son Harry are all in Iraq at different times for different reasons and mysterious connections unfold.  Golden Soil is punctuated with actual absurd events in Iraq, Australia, the UK, the UN, Russia and America that conspired to trap an icon of Australian business. 

Director Alana Simpson worked in Japan with an independent theatre producing political satires.  She has been interpreting theatre studies to Japanese students at NIDA since 2006.

Alana has assembled a stellar cast.  Karen Cobban won this year’s Best Actor Award at the Short and Sweet Play Festival.  Peter McAllum recently received rave reviews in New Theatre’s Waiting for Godot.  Tim Hunter has played leading roles including Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Thomas in Murder in the Cathedral.  His TV credits include All Saints, Water Rats, GP and Rake, a new ABC series.  Christopher Darling has performed extensively in theatre (The Homecoming, Boys Life, The Merchant of Venice) while also appearing in several local television shows (All Saints, MTV Classic). 

Neveen Hanna has a long line of credits in film and television including recent roles in the new ABC drama Rake and channel 9 TV series Cops.  Paul Pavlakis has performed in New York and closer to home in Cloudstreet, and Marvellous Boy. Paul studied at Actors Centre Australia, and is currently touring the Outback Aussie children’s show. 

Designer Allan Walpole is a former Head of the School of Design Studies at the College of Fine Arts.  He has designed and produced dozens of plays, including nine for Belvoir Downstairs.

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