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It is the summer of 1939 and in a small Moscow theatre a company of actors begins rehearsals of a new play to commemorate Stalin’s sixtieth birthday. It’s a tough gig, because for Soviet artists working towards the Radiant Future the old showbiz maxim ‘the show must go on’ is an order you can’t refuse.

Another opening, another show trial! Realism is a comedy of nerves, a backstage farce set in a pressure cooker. It’s about the spirit that makes art live and the forces that want to crush it.

2007 Wal Cherry Award for Best New Play

Artwork for Julie Eckersley

Julie Eckersley

Artwork for Paul Denny

Paul Denny

Ming-Zhu Hii

Ming-Zhu Hii

John Leary

John Leary

Tony Llewellyn-Jones

Tony Llewellyn-Jones

As an actor, Tony previously appeared for MTC in Realism, Amigos, The Visit, Corporate Vibes, and LifeX3, for which he received a Green Room Nomination. In the early seventies, Tony was a member of the Company, appearing in, Tonight at 8.30, Macquarie, Danton’s Death, Forget-me-not Lane, How Does Your Garden Grow? The Plough and the Stars, Mother Courage, The Cherry Orchard, An Ideal Husband, The Time is Not Yet Ripe, Much Ado About Nothing, Batman’s Beach-Head, Paying the Piper, You Want It Don’t You Billy? and others. For Sydney Theatre Company, his performances include The Crucible, St Joan, Corporate Vibes, King Lear, The Tempest, Life After George, Two Brothers, and Metamorphosis. He has worked for Nimrod Theatre, the Old Tote, Marian Street Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Company, Griffin Theatre Company and Belvoir. His television credits include I Spry, Rogue Nation, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, Underbelly 2, GP, Blabbermouth and Stickybeak, Who Do You Think You Are?, Backberner, All Saints, Hell has Harbour Views, and One Day Miller; while on film he has appeared in Inside Looking Out, Kostas, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Girl Who Met Simone de Beauvoir in Paris, Fatty Finn, To Market to Market, Seeing Red, Cosi, and Human Touch. As a film producer, he has worked on a number of Paul Cox features including: Man of Flowers, My First Wife, Cactus, Vincent, Salvation, and Force of Destiny. Tony is a graduate of NIDA and a proud member of Equity since 1970.

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Miriam Margolyes

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips

Artwork for Grant Piro

Grant Piro

Artwork for Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Artwork for Stephen Curtis

Stephen Curtis

Artwork for Christina Smith

Christina Smith

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Mark Constable

Mark Constable