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Midsummer (a play with songs)

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Midsummer (a play with songsis a joyous rom-com with a touch of the tartan by playwright David Greig and Gordon McIntyre of indie folk-rock group Ballboy.  Lawyer Helena and petty criminal Bob are thrown together in dubious circumstances, sharing a drunken one-night-stand. So begins an extraordinary lost weekend of bridge burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, Japanese rope-bondage gone wrong and self-loathing hangovers. Following the successes of international highlights from Dublin’s Abbey Theatre (2011’s Terminus) and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre (2010’s August: Osage County), in 2012 the international offering as part of STC’s Main Stage season is the original production from Edinburgh’s renowned Traverse Theatre.   

Cate Blanchett: A bit of Scottish grunt.
Andrew Upton: A lot of Scottish grunt actually. It’s full of shagging . . . Part of that international company work we’ve been looking for once a year is a writerly showcase: obviously with Terminus and certainly with August: Osage County. David Grieg is a terrific Scottish writer. And we call this a play with songs. The songs are written by a fellow named Gordon McIntrye from a band called Ballboy... which I can’t say that I know in all honesty.
Cate: But the songs are great.
Andrew: Lovely. Fabulous. But it’s not a musical musical.
Cate: The use of the music is actually quite cheeky. It’s quite a cheeky place. We feel it’s placed at a really good time in the year just when everybody is going back to work – that sweet melancholia when everyone’s going back to work.

(Photo: Euan Myles)

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Midsummer (a play with songs) details

Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9250 7111

Price $40.00 to $80.00

Date 01 Feb 2012-10 Mar 2012

Director: David Greig

Cast: Cora Bissett, Matthew Pidgeon

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