‘A world-class performance. In fact, it’s a world-class production.’
‘A brilliantly realised ode to some of the most important figures in modern Australian art.’
‘An iconic performance.’
ABOUT THE SHOW
Starring Nikki Shiels (Girls & Boys, The Picture of Dorian Gray), this world premiere Melbourne Theatre Company commission is an audacious fantasy inspired by the stories and myths that surround Heide Museum of Modern Art founder Sunday Reed – the muse and mentor to a circle of artists including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester.
Sunday Reed isn’t like most women. In fact, she’s not like most men. Outspoken, uninhibited, adventurous, she has a laser eye for the new – in life and in art. When struggling artist Sidney Nolan arrives at Heide, the idyllic utopia Sunday is creating with her beloved husband John Reed on the outskirts of 1940s Melbourne, what ensues will haunt all three to their dying days. And in the aftermath, Australian art will never look the same.
Award-winning playwright Anthony Weigh (2,000 Feet Away) creates a fantasy around this Melbourne icon that captures her passionate and unconventional spirit. Directed by Sarah Goodes (The Sound Inside) and also featuring Matt Day (North by Northwest), Josh McConville (Elvis), Ratidzo Mambo (The Heartbreak Choir) and Joshua Tighe, Sunday is an unforgettable story of a bold and complex woman and the price she paid for living and loving on her own terms as a woman in mid-20th century Australia.
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative
Sunday was commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company with the support of the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust. Supported by our Sunday Production Patron’s; Andrew Sisson AO and Tracey Sisson, Joanna Baevski, Glenda and Greg Lewin AM, Kerry Gardner AM and Andrew Myer AM, Virginia Lovett and Rose Hiscock, Orcadia Foundation, Anonymous (1).
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 4 February at 2pm
Tuesday 7 February at 6.30pm
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 4 February, 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)|
|Saturday 11 February at 2pm|
by Auslan Stage Left
|Tuesday 14 February at 6.30pm|
Cast & Creatives
Composer & Sound Designer
Danni A. Esposito
Assistant Sound Designer
Magic box of light
Meet Sunday’s Set Designer Anna Cordingley as she reveals how modernity, abstraction, memory, truth, art and love combine to create a magic box of light.
Detail & accuracy, fantasy & reality
Discover how costume designer Harriet Oxley uses colour and texture to design Sunday's fantastical realist costumes.
Sunday behind the scenes
Follow us into the Sunday rehearsal room and meet our cast, director and costume designer.
The inspiration behind Sunday
Discover more about the real people and events behind Anthony Weigh’s Sunday.
Sunday rehearsal trailer
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Sunday team in rehearsals.
Learn more about the cast and creative team behind Sunday – a world premiere production by award-winning playwright Anthony Weigh inspired by the stories and myths that surround Heide Museum of Modern Art founder Sunday Reed.
Nikki Shiels on Sunday
Actor Nikki Shiels can't wait to bring Sunday Reed to life in Anthony Weigh's audacious fantasy.
Sunday | Nikki Shiels Interview
Nikki Shiels chats to us about playing Heide Museum of Modern Art founder Sunday Reed and why this story deserves to be celebrated and reimagined today.