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World Premiere of Alana Valentine's THE SUGAR HOUSE at Belvoir St Theatre

BY Kabuku Public Relations | 26-Apr-2018
Narelle is Sydney born and bred but lately she’s lost her sense of belonging. Something keeps bringing her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June, who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline. Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family bedrock, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle can’t fix the past, but maybe she can fix the future. A story of Sydney – work and corruption, family and massive social change. A story of how Australia went from working class to middle class. Best of all, the great Kris McQuade returns to Belvoir. Supported by the The Group
Venue: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre
Date: 5th May - 3rd June, 2018
Time: Times: Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30pm, Thursday & Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm and Sunday 5pm
Ticket: Prices: Full price $77, Seniors $67, Concession $54, 30-Down $47, Student Saver $37
Web: https://belvoir.com.au/productions/the-sugar-house/
EMail: mail@belvoir.com.au
Call: (02) 9699 3444
Kris McQuade as June MacReadie. Photo by Daniel Boud.

The Sugar House - By Alana Valentine - Directed by Sarah Goodes

Belvoir is set to continue its commitment to new Australian writing with the world premiere season of The Sugar House, by critically-acclaimed playwright, Alana Valentine from 5th May to 3rd June.

Starring the inimitable Kris McQuade (TV’s Wentworth, Rosehaven and Belvoir’s Cloudstreet) alongside Sheridan Harbridge (The Dog, The Cat), Sacha Horler (The ABC’s Sando), Lex Marinos, Josh McConville and Nikki Shiels (The Rover), The Sugar House is directed by MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes (MTC’s Helpmann Award nominated John and Belvoir’s The Sweetest Thing).

Narelle (Harbridge) is a high achiever with working-class roots and political clout. But something keeps pulling her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June (McQuade), who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline. Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family foundation, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle knows she cannot fix the past, but perhaps she can fix the future.

The Sugar House is a story of Sydney – work, corruption, and brutal social change. It is a story of how Australia went from working class to middle class, set in the back-streets of Pyrmont. At its heart, however, The Sugar House is about family, in particular, three generations of women, going back to the factory days of the 1960’s - women who have borne witness to and taken part in some of the most pivotal times of the past 50 years.

Featuring a trio of extraordinary performances from three leading women McQuade, Horler and Harbridge, The Sugar House is a play every Sydney-sider should see.

Eamon Flack, Belvoir’s Artistic Director said “This is a play about family. It’s also a Sydney story. It takes us from the Pyrmont of the factories and the working class to the Pyrmont of today. But the soul of the play is family, particularly three extraordinary women”.

“The battle for the heart and soul of Sydney is ongoing and has been since our grandmothers were kids. How did we get this prosperity and how have we really paid for it? Alana Valentine has written a gift to Sydney in The Sugar House”.