The Sound Inside

20 May — 2 July 2022

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Catherine McClements (Three Little Words) returns to MTC to star alongside Shiv Palekar (The Real Thing) for the Australian premiere of this riveting, profound and exquisite mystery. Nominated for six 2020 Tony Awards, including Best Play, it is a literary detective work of the highest order, which unfurls like a gripping novel.

Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes. No interval.

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This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

‘A marvel of a play that consistently challenges us to listen and wonder and think.’

New York Stage Review
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

‘Engrossing … keeps you off balance with a steady stream of surprises.’

Time Out New York

ABOUT THE SHOW

Catherine McClements (Three Little Words) returns to MTC to star alongside Shiv Palekar (The Real Thing) for the Australian premiere of this riveting, profound and exquisite mystery. Nominated for six 2020 Tony Awards, including Best Play, The Sound Inside is a literary detective work of the highest order, which unfurls like a gripping novel. Always staying at least one step ahead of its audience, it’s an extraordinary showcase of playwriting dexterity.

When the brash and enigmatic Christopher barges into the office of acclaimed author Bella Baird, the two misfits find in each other an unexpected intellectual match. Over the ensuing weeks, the young man breaks down Bella’s defences and a tentative friendship forms. But will it be strong enough to withstand an impossible choice?

From novelist and playwright Adam Rapp and directed by Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling), The Sound Inside is a masterclass in restrained, intelligent and deeply moving theatre. Winding ever more taut as it builds a sense of foreboding tension, it will draw you inch by inch to the very edge of your seat, confounding expectations and upending predictions along the way. An intimate and emotionally powerful new work, it proves that we all have a story to tell … but how it ends is anyone’s guess.


Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. concordtheatricals.com.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 11 June at 2pm
Tuesday 14 June at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Saturday 11 June, before the 2pm performance
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 18 June at 2pm
Artwork for Catherine McClements

Catherine McClements

Bella

Artwork for Shiv Palekar

Shiv Palekar

Christopher

Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp

Writer

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Sarah Goodes

Director

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Elizabeth Gadsby

Set Concept & Design

Artwork for Jo Briscoe

Jo Briscoe

Costume Designer & Set Design Realisation

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Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Artwork for Steve Francis

Steve Francis

Composer

Artwork for Danni A. Esposito

Danni A. Esposito

Sound Designer

Artwork for Amy Hume

Amy Hume

Voice & Dialect Coach

Kate Cole

Kate Cole

Standby Cover (Bella)

Fairfax Studio

100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004