ABOUT THE PRODUCTION CONTENT GUIDE

Each play description below indicates whether there are acts, language or behaviour that may have an impact on some audience members (for example, violence, sex, language, drug use or nudity) and whether those occasions are made reference to, described or enacted.

Please note: the following information also contains ‘spoilers’ which may impact on your experience of the production.

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes
by Hannah Moscovitch

Please note this is a new work and the content is subject to change prior to the performance season. This guide will be updated as changes occur.

Jon is a prize-winning novelist who wants more out life, most especially some degree of certainty when it comes to ongoing wealth and fame, not to mention just a shot at happiness. His third marriage is on the rocks and he’s moved to a rental property to ride out the storm; but also to give himself time to complete his new novel about the frontier timber industry at the turn of the last century. He’s also picked up some teaching at a good university.

He likes teaching, but finds most of the students dull, until he sees  a young woman in a red coat - she’s sparky, ambitious, and imaginative and one afternoon, locks herself out of her place, which is just across the street from his. 

Jon relents to an affair with 18 year-old Annie [described] wracking him with both guilt and joy; along with a touch of fear — he could be fired should she complain to University authorities. A few months later when his estranged wife wants to meet, he is caught completely wrong-footed — expecting her to demand a divorce and reprimand him for his appalling behaviour, she instead tells him that she’s pregnant with their baby and wants them to get back together. 

Annie takes the break-up well; though 5 years later she meets him, filled with guilt, shame and recriminations. 

Ten years on she sees him again, and she is a confident, award-winning playwright. Indeed it slowly dawns on us, and him, that she has written this whole evening’s encounter, exposing him and his narcissism to us, leaving him diminished and powerless, at her mercy.

This is in fact her story, her portrait of a cruel, careless man, revealing the truth of her struggle, a fight that ultimately leaves him impaled on his own abuse of his power and privilege.

Contains frequent coarse language, sexual references and mature themes

  • Mature themes – themes relating to abuse of power and privilege and emotional manipulation.
  • Mature themes – references to drug use.

Berlin

Berlin
By Joanna Murray-Smith

Please note this is a new work and the content is subject to change prior to the performance season. This guide will be updated as changes occur.

Charlotte has invited Tom to crash on her couch for the night. Bartender by night and poet by day, this Berliner has taken pity on an Aussie backpacker with the misfortune to be kicked out of his overbooked hostel.

They met at her bar — one of Berlin’s uber-cool venues — and have just arrived at her bohemian apartment, all shabby chic with one ridiculously large reproduction of a painting by John Constable dominating a wall. They drink, share secrets, flirt and dance around their attraction, until Charlotte takes the reins and kisses Tom.

Later — it is clear that they have now slept together — he is awake and alone and answers a call, terminating it moments later. It was a bad time. Something has shifted. Now he’s romantic with Charlotte, he wants the two of them to flee the apartment, their ‘former’ lives and start it all again, this very second. Charlotte laughs him off — surely coffee is fine for now? Their attraction and the beginnings of what neither can quite believe is love overrides any awkwardness, tension or confusion.

The door buzzer then punctures their bliss. Tom reveals that they didn’t meet by accident. He’s the great-grandson of a Jewish art collector and knows that the Constable is real — that Charlotte’s great-grandfather bought it for a pittance during the Holocaust, having been taken from his family collection [described]. He has come to right the wrongs of the past.

They argue — are they responsible for the sins of their fathers? And if so, how far back? Incomprehension morphs into enmity and hatred, yet still Charlotte abandons the painting and sends Tom out into the darkness of pre-dawn Berlin. Alone, Charlotte digs into a drawer, bringing out a tiny, perfect Klimt. She rushes to her window as the first rays of sun break through it, and calls out to Tom.

Contains frequent coarse language, mature themes and sexual references.

  • Mature themes – references to the holocaust.