THE TORRENTS by Oriel Gray
A Black Swan and Sydney Theatre Company co-production
A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE NEWSROOM.
It’s the 1890s in the Goldfields. J.G. Milford has hopped off the train in the small town of Koolgalla to take on a job at the local paper. She’s smart, she’s savvy, she’s incredibly qualified, but nobody knew the J stood for Jenny!
Oriel Gray’s The Torrents is a newsroom comedy that rivals George Bernard Shaw. Jenny’s arrival coincides with a trailblazing engineer’s outrageous idea to bring irrigation to the community and debate rages about whether the town should give up mining for a more sustainable economic future.
Meanwhile, newspaper editor Rufus Torrent and his son Ben are vying for Jenny’s favour, even as she pulls apart their chauvinistic assumptions.
The Torrents was written in 1955. That year, it was joint winner of the prestigious Playwrights’ Advisory Board Competition with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. In the role of Jenny, Helpmann Award-winning comedian and actor Celia Pacquola (ABC’s Rosehaven, Utopia) will put the spotlight back on this neglected Australian classic.
“Oriel Gray’s name will take a prominent place in the history of Australian Theatre.” — The Daily News, Perth (1950).
CAST INCLUDES Tony Cogin, Gareth Davies, Sophia Forrest, Rob Johnson, Geoff Kelso, Sam Longley, Celia Pacquola, Steve Rodgers, Michael Smith
WARNING: Contains adult themes, 12+ recommended
Prices: $35.00 to $88.00
Book via http://www.bsstc.com.au
DIRECTOR Clare Watson
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Renee Mulder
LIGHTING DESIGNER Lucy Birkinshaw
SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER Joe Paradise Lui
DRAMATURG Virginia Gay
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