Heartstring Theatre Return To The Melbourne Stage With Another Australian Premiere Season
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Date: 30 June - 11 July, 2021
Time: Wed - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Ticket: $45 Full, $35 Concession, $30 Previews (30th June, 1st July)
Buy / Ticket: https://fortyfivedownstairs.com/event/still/
Call: 03 9662 9966
Subjects L-R: Sara Bolch, Joseph Lai, Elisa Armstrong and Joanne Booth
Photographer: Jack Dixon-Gunn
A darkly comic exploration of loss, intimacy, and motherhood 'Still' tells the extraordinary story of three women connected by a baby who never lived. 41-year-old Morgan (Joanne Booth) is grieving the loss of her stillborn child. Elena (Elisa Armstrong), the failed midwife, is burdened by guilt and teenager Dolores (Sarah Bolch) is pregnant with a baby she does not want. Meanwhile, Constantinople (Joseph Lai), the child who wasn’t meant to be, wanders in search of his mother and makes an unlikely appearance in each woman’s personal drama.
Written by one of the hottest young playwrights from New York City, Jen Silverman’s (The Moors, Tales of the City) 'Still' is a brave and remarkable exploration of grief and family.
“'Still' deals with issues that we rarely see depicted on stage, or even talk about in life.”, explains Heartstring Co-AD and actor Elisa Armstrong.
“Silverman’s writing is poetic and hilarious and she creates a world that’s abstract yet very real at the same time. It’s not easily classifiable by any genre of play. Yes, it’s funny and sad and absurd and strange, but that’s just the first scene. It’s so much more. I would hope that after seeing this show - a show that addresses issues we rarely hear about - audiences will feel more comfortable talking about them.”
Formed in 2016, Heartstring Theatre is a Melbourne-based theatre company that launched with a Green Room Award nominated all female season of Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus'. Followed by David Adjmi’s 'Marie Antoinette' in 2018, they strive to create dynamic, thought-provoking theatre, interpreting both classical and new work. The company also aim to address the shortage of great and interesting roles for women by always producing plays where at least half of the roles are female.
With the season thwarted in 2020 due to COVID-19, Heartstring Theatre now return to the stage, proudly partnering with the Stillbirth Foundation, to bring this powerful Australian premiere to Melbourne audiences.
Directed by Sarah Vickery
Performed by Elisa Armstrong, Sara Bolch, Joanne Booth and Joseph Lai
Lighting Design by Gabriel Bethune
Set and Costume Design by Bethany J Fellows