Let the Sunshine

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Attempting to escape a scandal in Sydney, Toby, a lefty documentary filmmaker, arrives in Noosa with his wife Ros to discover that the quaint fishing village of youthful memory is now filled with the sort of wealthy Sydney-siders he hoped to leave behind. A short acquaintance with the right-wing Ron and Natasha becomes a long-term problem when his slacker son and their striver daughter hit it off.

The Montagues versus the Capitalists! For almost forty years the zeitgeist has been haunting David Williamson. Let the Sunshine hilariously captures middle Australia as it stumbles into the second decade of an increasingly uncertain century.

A co-production with Queensland Theatre Company

Key Photography: Earl Carter, Production Photography: Rob Maccoll

WARNING: Contains strong language.

‘Have you ever wondered, as I have, how Baby Boomers can have it all yet never quite get it? As the thirty-somethings of Don’s Party became the fortysomethings of Emerald City, the fifty-somethings of After the Ball and now the sixty-somethings of Let the Sunshine, David Williamson has followed the Lucky Country’s luckiest generation as they have grown older but not one jot wiser. In this latest play, Williamson’s maturing wit will be wielded with limber precision by four perennially youthful performers: Jacki Weaver, John Wood, Robert Coleby and Andrea Moor. A co-production with Queensland Theatre Company seemed not only appropriate for the play’s themes, but secured us the directorial talents of QTC’s brilliant Artistic Director Michael Gow.’

Simon Phillips, Artistic Director

Artwork for Paul Ashcroft

Paul Ashcroft

Artwork for Robert Coleby

Robert Coleby

Rachel Gordon

Rachel Gordon

Artwork for Andrea Moor

Andrea Moor

Artwork for Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Artwork for John Wood

John Wood

Artwork for Michael Gow

Michael Gow

Michael Gow’s plays include the Australian classic Away, The Kid, On Top of the World, Europe, Sweet Phoebe, Live Acts on Stage, 17 (for the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain), Toy Symphony and Once in Royal David’s City. His plays have been performed in Poland, the Czech Republic, Vietnam, Japan and all over the US.

Michael has been Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company and Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company. He has directed for all the major Australian theatre companies as well as Opera Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People and the Lincoln Centre’s New Visions New Voices programme.

Michael’s awards include two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, two Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards and an AFI Award for writing the ABC miniseries Edens Lost. His most recent play Once in Royal David’s City premiered at Belvoir in 2014. In 2015 he directed a remount of his production of The Magic Flute for Opera Australia and his translation of Mother Courage and Her Children premiered at Belvoir. 2016 saw two critically acclaimed productions touring under Michael’s direction; Voyage to the Moon(for which he also wrote the libretto) with Victorian Opera / Musica Vivia and The Pearlfishers for Opera Australia.

In 2017 Away was staged as a co-production between STC and Malthouse while Once in Royal David’s City will enjoy Brisbane and Perth premieres at Queensland Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Artwork for Robert Kemp

Robert Kemp

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

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Peter Farnan