Belvoir St Theatre Presents Counting and Cracking

Published by: Kabuku PR | 7-Jun-2024
Counting and Cracking is one of the most ambitious and exciting theatre experiences ever to hit Sydney.
Venue: Carriageworks
Address: 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Date: 28 June – 21 July 2024
Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm | Wednesdays 6:30pm | Thursdays 1pm & 7pm | Fridays 7pm | Saturdays 1pm & 7pm | Sundays 5pm
Ticket: $39–$95
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Call: (02) 9699 3444
Winner of 14 major awards including Helpmann Awards for Best Production and Best Direction, Counting and Cracking returns triumphant from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh Festivals, for a strictly limited season at Carriageworks from 28th June – 21st July, 2024.

On the banks of the Georges River, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. But a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life, and we’re plunged into an epic story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children.

Featuring 19 performers from six different countries, speaking in five different languages, performing 50 characters, Counting and Cracking follows the journey of a Sri Lankan-Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004.

"The stories we choose to believe in underline all our actions, thoughts and feelings. In Counting and Cracking I hope to provide audiences with a new story to believe in: about Australia, about Sri Lanka. It's a story in which migrants are not asked to discard parts of themselves to fit in, but instead are asked to present their full selves, to expand our idea of what this country can be. It's a story of how the politics of division can win the battle, but never the war, around how power is gained in this world. It's a story in which love may not triumph over adversity, but through sheer persistence and resilience can eventually overcome it. And finally it's a story about reconciliation: between parents and children, between your new home and your old home, between society and its institutions." - S. Shakthidharan, Writer and Associate Director

"It’s no exaggeration to say this show has changed many of our lives, and Belvoir as a company. It’s a huge, generous marvel of a show, and we’re very proud of it. If you couldn’t get to it five years ago, we’re rapt we can give its home city another chance to see what everyone was raving about." - Eamon Flack, Director and Associate Writer

With Rodney Afif, Prakash Belawadi, Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, Nadie Kammallaweera, Ahi Karunaharan, Abbie-lee Lewis, Gandhi McIntyre, Shiv Palekar, Sukhbir Singh Walia, Kaivalysa Suvarna, Nipuni Sharada, Rajan Velu, Sukania Venugopal.

Co-commissioned by Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Belvoir. Originally co-produced with Co-Curious.

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