Endgame

21 March — 25 April 2015

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Even in this vision of hell, Beckett makes us laugh and gasp

- The Telegraph UK

Waiting for death in a world without hope has never been more hilarious than in Beckett’s renowned modern masterpiece, starring multi-award winners Colin Friels and Luke Mullins.

Sheltering in a bare room, four little lives look out on a desolate world. Hamm is a blind old tyrant, immobile and unmoved. His aged parents, Nagg and Nell, live in dustbins with nothing but their fading memories, as downtrodden servant Clov hobbles about performing his ritual duties. Endgame paints a bleak portrait, but with its mix of comedy and tragedy, humanity and despair, Beckett gives us that rare theatrical experience that touches us profoundly.

With a set design from eminent visual artist Callum Morton and a cast that includes MTC regulars Julie Forsyth (Private Lives) and Rhys McConnachie (King Lear), Associate Artistic Director Sam Strong’s production drives us laughing towards the dark.

Julie Forsyth

Julie Forsyth

Colin Friels

Colin Friels

Luke Mullins

Luke Mullins

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

<p>His television work includes <em>Reef Doctors</em>, <em>Blue Heelers</em>, <em><span class="caps">MDA</span></em>, and <em>Satisfaction</em>. He will appear in the feature film <em>Holding the Man</em>, to be released later this year. </p>

<p>A graduate of <span class="caps">VCA</span>, he is also the recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award.</p>

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Sam Strong

Callum Morton

Callum Morton

<p>Callum Morton is an artist and Professor of Fine Art at Monash Art Design and Architecture (<span class="caps">MADA</span>). </p>

<p>His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (1999), Tommy Lund Gallery, Copenhagen (2000), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, The National Gallery of Victoria @ Federation Square (2003),The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2003), Gimpel Fils, London (2004), The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2005) and <span class="caps">GOMA</span>, Brisbane (2010).</p>

<p>His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including <em>Face Up</em> at the Hamburger Bahnhoff in Berlin (2003); <em>Architypes</em> at the Charles H Scott Gallery in Vancouver; <em>Public/Private</em>: The Auckland Triennial in Auckland, New Zealand; The Indian Triennial in New Delhi, India (2004); The 2nd Istanbul Pedestrians Exhibition in Istanbul (2005); <em>Everywhere</em>, The Busan Biennale in South Korea; <em>High Tide: Currents in Contemporary Australian Art</em> at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsawm Poland and at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006); <em>Archeology of Mind</em> (2008) at Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden, and Kunsti Modernin, Taiteen Museo, Vaasa, Finland; <em>Stardust</em> (2009) at The Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, The Netherlands; and <em>21st Century: Art in the First Decade</em> at GoMA, Queensland (2011).</p>

<p>In 2007 Morton was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In 2008 he completed the work <em>Hotel</em> on the Eastlink freeway in Melbourne. In 2009 he realised the pavilion <em>Grotto</em> for the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, the Netherlands and in 2010 he completed the outdoor commission, <em>Silverscreen</em>, for the new premises of <span class="caps">MUMA</span> in Melbourne. In 2011 his work was the subject of a twenty-year survey at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. In 2013 his work was included in <em>Melbourne Now</em> at the <span class="caps">NGV</span> and he designed the set for the MTC’s production of <em>Other Desert Cities</em>. In 2014 his work was included in the 19th Sydney Biennale, <em>Imagine What You Desire</em>; he designed the set for Trudy Hellier’s <em>Waking Up Dead</em> at Fortyfive downstairs; and he completed the collaborative public work <em>Monument Park</em> in Melbourne’s Docklands. </p>

<p>Callum is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.</p>

Andrew Bailey

Andrew Bailey

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Paul Jackson

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Rhys McConnochie

Rhys McConnochie

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Eugyeene Teh