Betrayal

26 August — 3 October 2015

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Emma is married to Robert. But for seven years, she’s been having an affair with Jerry, Robert’s best friend.

Betrayal begins at the end of the affair, and pursues an enthralling journey to its very beginnings. As memory reels backwards towards the moment the affair started, the lies tangle into a web of deception, and betrayal begets betrayal.

Of the countless eternal love triangles written for the stage, few have matched Nobel Prize-winner Harold Pinter’s gripping depiction of infidelity – as intricate as a spy novel with its cross and double cross.

Alison Bell (Constellations, Tribes) stars in State Theatre Company of South Australia’s production of Pinter’s arresting relationship drama, directed by their Artistic Director Geordie Brookman.

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Alison Bell

Nathan O'Keefe

Nathan O'Keefe

Making his MTC debut in Betrayal, in which he recently performed in Adelaide at State Theatre Company of South Australia, Nathan has previously appeared for STCSA in The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), King Lear, Ghosts, Triple Threat, and This Uncharted Hour. His other stage credits include Masquerade (Melbourne Festival/Griffin/STCSA); Thursday, Harbinger, and The Hypochondriac (Brink); The Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare); Pinocchio, Grug and the Rainbow, Plop!, and Grug (Windmill); Me and My Shadow, Emily Loves to Bounce, and Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre); Man Covets Bird (Slingsby Productions, and tour); Blackout (Insite Arts); I am Not an Animal (The Border Project/Adelaide Festival); Ruby Bruise and Checklist for an Armed Robber (Vitalsatistix); Assassins (Flying Penguin); Norway Today, The Glass Menagerie, and The Drawer Boy (Bakehouse); Mr Bailey’s Minder and Lavender Hope (Holden Street); Amadeus and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chopt Logic) and Don’s Party (Chalkfarm). On television, he has appeared on All Saints, while on film he has appeared in Deadline Gallipoli, Broken Hill, and Alexandra’s Project.

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Mark Saturno

Making his MTC debut in Betrayal, Mark is a graduate of the Centre for Performing Arts (AC Arts) and worked with Magpie and State Theatre Company of South Australia before moving to New York City. He returned to South Australia in 2008 to run Longview Vineyard with his family and is thrilled to perform on stage whenever time permits. For State Theatre Company, his credits include Maggie Stone, Blasted, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), romeo&juliet, Solstice, The Club, and The Torrents. Among his other theatre credits are El Stupido’s and Dance Hall MK.3 (Magpie Theatre); Dark Heart (Junction Theatre); and readings at the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference. Mark appeared on Broadway in The Retreat from Moscow (Booth Theater) and off-Broadway in Howard Katz (Roundabout Theater), An Oak Tree (Barrow Street Theater), John Ferguson (Mint Theater), The Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage/Aquila Theater), Trainspotting (Players Theater), Ancestral Voices (Lincoln Center), and Gone Missing (The Civilians, London and Brooklyn). For regional American theatres, Mark has appeared in Doubt and A Number (Hartford Theaterworks); I am My Own Wife and The Tempest (Pittsburgh Public); Wintertime (Long Wharf); The Iliad (Aquila); King Lear, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare & Co), and Edward II (Tremont Theater, Boston). His television/film appearances include ANZAC Girls, Deadline Gallipoli, Changed Forever, Law & Order, All My Children, Spin City, PBS Great Books, My Normal, Heaven’s Burning, and Alchemy.

Geordie Brookman

Geordie Brookman

Making his directorial debut at Melbourne Theatre Company, Geordie is the Artistic Director of State Theatre Company of South Australia. Since graduating from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2001, he has directed work around Australia, the UK, and Asia. His STCSA directing credits include Footfalls, Kryptonite (also Sydney Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest, Little Bird, The Seagull, Maggie Stone, Hedda Gabler, The Kreutzer Sonata, Speaking in Tongues, romeo&juliet, Ghosts, Attempts on Her Life, The Dumb Waiter, Ruby Moon, Hot Fudge, Toy Symphony (also Queensland Theatre Company), and Knives in Hens (also Malthouse). His other directing credits include Spring Awakening (STC); Baghdad Wedding (Belvoir); Metro Street (Arts Asia Pacific, Power Arts, Daegu International Musicals Festival and STCSA); The City and Tender (nowyesnow); Marathon, Morph, Disco Pigs, and The Return (Fresh Track); Tiny Dynamite (Griffin); and Macbeth and The Laramie Project (AC Arts). His productions have won or been nominated for Helpmann, Green Room, Sydney Critics Circle, Adelaide Critics Circle, and Curtain Call Awards. He has also worked as a producer, dramaturg, teacher, event director, and curator for organisations including Adelaide Festival, National Play Festival, University of Wollongong, Australian Theatre for Young People, Australian Fashion Week, and Queensland Theatre Company.

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Geoff Cobham

Lighting & Set Designer

Working for the first time at MTC, Geoff is an Artistic Associate at State Theatre Company of South Australia in Design and Production, and has worked as a Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Event Producer and Venue Designer. His recent STCSA set and lighting designs include Betrayal, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, and The Kruetzer Sonata. His other set and lighting design credits include Never Did Me Any Harm, Not in a Million Years, The Age I’m In, Already Elsewhere, and Same Same but Different (Force Majeure); Construct (Tanja Liedtke); Ode to Nonsense, The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, Wolf, and Man Covets Bird (Slingsby); Fastest Boy, Emily Loves to Bounce, and Me and My Shadow (Patch Theatre); and The Flying Dutchman (State Opera of South Australia). Among his recent lighting credits for STCSA are Neighbourhood Watch, Babyteeth, Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company), Speaking in Tongues, romeo&juliet, Attempts on Her Life, Metro Street, The Goat, and Night Letters. His other lighting design credits include G, Vocabulary, and Nothing (Australian Dance Theatre); Beetle Graduation, Skip Miller, The Hypochondriac, Drums in the Night, This Uncharted Hour, and The Duckshooter (Brink Productions); Not according to plan, Impulse, Satyagraha, Einstein on the Beach, Quick Brown Fox, and Akhnaten (Leigh Warren & Dancers); Salt, Landmark, Rebel Rebel, Starry Eyed, and In the Blood (Restless Dance Theatre); and Plop and The Wizard of Oz (Windmill Theatre). He has produced many outdoor events and clubs for Festivals and received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 to study outdoor theatre in Europe.

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Ailsa Paterson

Associate Set & Costume Designer

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Jason Sweeney

Composer

Jason Sweeny has forged a continuous practice in the field of experimental and interdisciplinary art since 1999. His early explorations of net radio, sound art, streaming video, live performance, social media, and the way humans interact online have formed the basis for the majority of his practice thus far. These explorations have led to works often with a focus on public participation and direct audience interaction. He has presented work across Australia and internationally at such places as Performance Space (NSW), Arts House (VIC), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (SA), 24HourArt (NT), Radio90 (Banff, Canada), Theatre Works (VIC), Vitalstatistix (SA), Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts (WA), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (VIC), Mardi Gras/QueerScreen (NSW), SPILL Festival (London, 2007), Nadine Arts Centre/Plateau (Belgium), Adelaide Festival (SA 2013/2014), and the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival. He has composed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, pvi collective, Chunky Move, Restless Dance Company, Version 1.0, Tanja Liedtke, Force Majeure, Closer Productions, SOIT (Belgium), and Pacitti Company (UK). In 2012, he was awarded a TEDPrize for Stereopublic: Crowdsourcing the Quiet (www.stereopublic.net). This is his first sound design for MTC.

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John Maurice

This is John’s first role for both Melbourne Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia. He graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1999, and his most recent role was as Benedict in Van Badham’s critically acclaimed Adelaide Fringe show Late Night Story. He was a founder member of and is a continuing contributor to London’s multi-award winning Filter Theatre. He has been a regular of the Adelaide and Australian theatre, film and TV scene since moving there five years ago, working with, among others, the esteemed five.point.one; playing Hugh in Polly Stenham’s That Face, directed by Corey McMahon; and playing Paul Sheldon in Simon Moore’s Misery, directed by Michael Allen. His recent film and TV credits include The Babadook, Deadline Gallipoli, and ANZAC Girls.