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13 January

13 January

Sounds of Musical Theatre

DAVID WILLIAMSONS FINAL PLAY, CRUNCH TIME, OPENS AT ENSEMBLE THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE I always return to writing about families because they shape us and give rise to our most intense emotions, be they tears of joy or tears of rage. CRUNCH TIME is about a family at crisis point, with no easy way out. Its often blackly funny but hopefully doesnt dodge lifes biggest and most pressing question Whats it all about? Playwright David Williamson SYDNEY: CRUNCH TIME, David Williamsons incisive play about fierce sibling rivalry will open at Ensemble Theatre and with his razor-sharp wit and humour, he will tackle pertinent social issues head-on in this tale of family and duty.

This will be David Williamsons final play before he retires after 50 years of writing some of Australias best satirical plays. Steve (John Wood) is the typical Aussie bloke, self-assured, social and sports-mad. Recently retired from a high-flying career, hes passed the family business over to his son Jimmy (Matt Minto) a chip off the old block.

But his eldest son Luke (Guy Edmonds), an engineer with more of an interest in algebra than AFL, has never quite seen eye-to-eye with his dad and they havent spoken in eight years. When Steve suddenly falls ill, time is running out to repair their broken relationship and Luke and Jimmy will have to go to extreme lengths to fulfil their fathers final wishes. Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre said Ensemble Theatre has been home to most of Davids new comedies for more than a decade and I am delighted to be directing Davids last play with a wonderful cast including John Wood and Guy Edmonds.

David has always used comedy to investigate the issues about human nature he wants to air. Crunch Time will have people laughing but there are also some very serious, contemporary issues which this play tackles. WRITER: DAVID WILLIAMSON DIRECTOR: MARK KILMURRY CAST: DIANE CRAIG MEGAN DRURY GUY EDMONDS MATT MINTO EMMA PALMER JOHN WOOD VENUE: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061 DATES: Previews from 14 February, opening night 19 February, season to 9 April PERFORMANCE TIMES: vary PRICES: $43-$78 (booking charges may apply) BOOKINGS: 02 8918 3400 or www.ensemble.com.au RUNNING TIME: 2 hours including interval.

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