Sydney THEATRE: Toy Symphony at Glen Street Theatre

April 19th, 2010


Glen Street Theatre presents Toy Symphony, a Helpmann award-winning new Australian play by Michael Gow – Book Now!  Review of Toy Symphony and Opening Night party pics

  • Preview Night Tues 20 April
  • Opening Night and After Party Wed 21 April 8pm
  • Season: Tuesday 20 April to Saturday 1 May 2010


Toy Symphony kicks off  Glen Street Theatre’s 2010 program.  The Glen Street Theatre  is the largest professional not-for-profit theatre company on the North Shore and the Northern Beaches.  Toy Symphony is  a Helpmann award-winning new Australian play by Michael Gow, on Tuesday 20th April. 

Cast: Lizzy Falkland, Barbara Lowing, Daniel Mulvihill, Chris Pitman, Ed Whiteman

Ticket prices:
Opening night, includes after party: Full $63, Conc. $58, Children under 16yrs: $39.
Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday 5pm: Full $56, Conc. $50, Child under 16yrs $35.
Previews and Matinees: Full $43, Conc. $39, Children under 16yrs $31.
Venue: Glen Street Theatre – Cnr. Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose
Season: Tuesday 20 April to Saturday 1 May 2010
Box Office / Bookings: 02 9975 1455 |

Toy Symphony, a multi award-winning play, is an inventive and compelling look at what happens when a writer loses his ability to imagine. Gifted playwright Roland Henning is trying to convince his skeptical therapist Nina that he doesn’t have writer’s block, it’s just that, well, he can’t write anymore …

With Nina’s help, Roland reluctantly recalls his primary school days in the outer-Sydney suburb of Como, and the extraordinary day that shattered his boyhood plunging him headlong into the dizzy circus of art and life. But Roland remains adamant that he is beyond help and will never write again, and personal tragedy threatens to permanently derail him. A chance discovery offers Roland salvation, but will he grasp it or slip back into old habits?

Director Geordie Brookman says “Toy Symphony is a highly theatrical and clever new work. It taps into one of the great, but not irreversible tragedies of life, the moment we lose our inner child. I was drawn to the piece initially because of its investigation of the creative act but it has stayed in my head and heart since because of the joy and rebirth it finds in some of life’s most painful moments.”

Michael Gow is one of Australia’s leading playwrights and directors. His plays include the multi-award winning Away, hailed as a modern classic of the Australian theatre and one of the most performed Australian works written. Toy Symphony premiered in 2007 and won numerous awards including the Helpmann for Best New Australian Work and the Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Work.

Artistic Team: Director: Geordie Brookman; Assistant Director: Melanie Wild; Designer: Jonathon Oxlade; Lighting Designer: Nigel Levings; Lighting Design Associate: Ben Hughes; Composer/Sound Designer: Brett Collery

Glen Street Theatre celebrates 25 years of service to the Warringah Community and the Northern Sydney region in 2010. To celebrate The Glen’s 25th Anniversary Warringah Council has invested $500,000 on capital works. The programme of capital works consists of a major refurbishment to the backstage dressing rooms, including solar hot water, new external signage, car-park resurfacing, disabled toilet renovation and landscaping. These upgrades will vastly improve the facilities for community groups, artists and visiting companies as well as enhancing Glen Street’s position on the national touring network.

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