The Season at Sarsaparilla

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Here is ordinary suburban Australia: three houses and three backyards, well-lawned and duly Hill’s-hoisted, full of the happy hubbub of family life. In this no-worries tract of battlers and good sorts, the Boyles, the Pogsons and the Knotts live out the Great Australian Dream of frugal comfort and conspicuous normality.

But look closer. These may be everyday Australians, but every day – every sunny, yellow, oven-baked day – is dunked in the pinky, bitter-sweet cuppa of human life. Seek love or lust or hatred; seek joy or disappointment, or the beauty that redeems, or the repulsiveness that clutches; seek head-back mirth or head-bowed sorrow; and you will surely find it contained within the three grassy spaces between the fence palings and the brick veneer during this long hot season at Sarsaparilla.

This production features herbal (non-tobacco) cigarettes and stage atmospherics.

Martin Blum

Martin Blum

Artwork for Brandon Burke

Brandon Burke

Artwork for Peter Carroll

Peter Carroll

Artwork for Eden Falk

Eden Falk

Artwork for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais

Artwork for Hayley McElhinney

Hayley McElhinney

Amber McMahon

Amber McMahon

Colin Moody

Colin Moody

Luke Mullins

Luke Mullins

Luke Mullins returns to MTC having previously performed in Season at Sarsaparilla (also STC; Green Room Award), The History Boys, Cloud Nine, and MTC Education’s Explorations: Oedipus the King. His other theatre work includes Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie, The Power of Yes, Death of a Salesman, and Small and Tired for Belvoir; Tales from the Vienna Woods, Waiting for Godot (Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Awards), Little Mercy, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The War of the Roses, Gallipoli, The Serpent’s Teeth, and The Duel for Sydney Theatre Company, for whom he was a member of their Actors Company 2007 to 2009; Night on Bald Mountain and Autobiography of Red for Malthouse; I Heart John McEnroe and The Man with the September Face for Uninvited Guests; Thom Pain (based on nothing) for B Sharp/Arts Radar; Apocalypse Bear Trilogy (also Co-Director), 4xBeckett, Agoraphobe, The Eisteddfod, Untitled Intentional Exercise #1, and Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano for Stuck Pigs Squealing; Irony is Not Enough for Fragment 31/Arts House;_ Lucrezia and Cesare_ and Miss Julie for Original Voices; Mercury Fur for Griffin Stablemates/ Theatreworks. He has also appeared for Liminal Theatre, Uncle Semolina and Friends, Wrecked All Prods, God Be in My Mouth, and was director of Night Maybe for Stuck Pigs Squealing and Theatre Works.

His television work includes Reef Doctors, Blue Heelers, MDA, and Satisfaction. He will appear in the feature film Holding the Man, to be released later this year.

A graduate of VCA, he is also the recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award.

Artwork for Emily Russell

Emily Russell

Artwork for Benedict Andrews

Benedict Andrews

Robert Cousins

Robert Cousins

Robert Cousins is a set, costume and production designer for theatre, dance, opera and film. Cousins has worked on numerous productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, and other companies such as State Theatre Company of South Australia, Malthouse Theatre, Almeida Theatre and Brink Productions. For dance, he has collaborated with Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and Shaun Parker & Company. Cousins has also production designed for the following films: Candy, Romulus, My Father, Balibo and Ruben Guthrie.

Artwork for Alice Babidge

Alice Babidge

Nick Schlieper

Nick Schlieper

Artwork for Alan John

Alan John