Above: A look at shake & stir theatre co’s entire 2016 season
shake & stir theatre co have so far entertained audiences this year with a youth-oriented stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine, and are soon set to perform Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights next month. But continuing to push forward with their 2016 season, which also marks their 10th anniversary, the company are set to return to the Cremorne Theatre stage this August for a production of Samuel Beckett’s “comedic tragedy” Endgame.
Featuring Australian talent of television, stage and screen – Endgame is set to see Leon Cain, Robert Coleby, Jennifer Flowers and John McNeill unite on stage for the 1 hour 20 minute long story. Behind the scenes, the creative team for this production includes Michael Futcher (Director), Josh McIntosh (Designer) and Jason Glenwright (Lighting Director).
Ross Balbuziente | Artistic Director at shake & stir
During our 10-year anniversary we wanted to program a production that celebrated the work of our most experienced QLD artists. Endgame allows us to do just that. I fondly remember, as a secondary student, watching Jennifer Flowers and Robert Coleby on stage, being in awe of the mastery of their craft, their command of the audience and their ability to connect to me as if I was the only one in the theatre.
It’s so wonderful to now invite them to work with shake & stir and I’m certain that their performances, together with the rest of our exceptionally talented team, will inspire the next generation of theatre goers and makers.
Endgame is set to run in the QPAC Cremorne theatre from Tuesday 9 August until Saturday 20 August. There is one set price for all seats in the Cremorne Theatre, and will likely come down to first-in best-dressed. Standard adult tickets are $60, with concession prices ten dollars cheaper at $50. Those under 26 years old can take advantage of a special Youth price at just $35. For more information and to book tickets, visit the QPAC website or contact their box office.
Endgame paints a tragically comic portrait of lives lived, loathed and lost. Of characters hoping for answers in a world without hope. Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell are four lost souls contemplating the inevitable arrival of their end. Isolated in a non-descript room, each reflects upon their life’s journey while grappling to find meaning in an otherwise meaningless world. Amidst this darkness comes unexpected moments of sheer joy, serving as a poignant reminder of Beckett’s accurate observations of both the resilience and mortality of the human condition.