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Hearth

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It looked so beautiful. It looked magical - snow, falling here, in January. But it wasn’t snow.”

It’s the 7th of February 2009 – forever known in Australia’s history as ‘Black Saturday.’ It’s also Tom Robinson’s 18th Birthday. Celebrations kick off at the family’s Kinglake home and nothing seems out of the ordinary. But tensions start to rise between Tom and his older brother Matthew, along with the temperature outside, and before the ice-cream cake has time to melt a deeply held family secret is revealed. But will bringing everything out in the open finally give the Robinsons the peace and acceptance they’ve constantly struggled for – or will it tear them further apart and make them question the very structure they’ve tried to uphold?

Brilliantly striking the balance between pathos and humour, Hearth immediately draws in audiences with its witty and lyrical dialogue, relatable characters and timely themes.

Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Geoff Paine (TV’s Neighbours), Sonya Suares (Melbourne Talam, MTC), Martin Blum (Boy out of the country, Larrikin Productions), Carole Patullo (Button, La Mama) and Kurt Pimblett (Hir, Belvoir). Urgent, heartfelt, at times hilarious, and achingly raw - this compelling new drama is guaranteed to not only be a thought-provoking night at the theatre, but also an extremely enjoyable one.

 

Recommended for ages 16+, contains some coarse language, references to violence, sexual references and references to bushfires.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping, support is available: Lifeline Bushfire Recovery line on 13HELP – 13 43 57 or visit www.lifeline.org.au Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit www.kidshelpline.com.au

Date

Tuesday 15 June, 11am and 7.30pm

Venue

Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

Duration

85 min (No interval)

Seating

Allocated

Cost

Full $35 | Conc $30 | GROUP 6+ $30 | STUDENT $25
Recommended for ages 16+, contains some coarse language, references to violence, sexual references and references to bushfires.

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 “Hearth is an extraordinarily prescient play for our times. With its mixture of pathos and humour, it’s seamlessly crafted from go to woe. The characters are complex and highly conflicted, their stories delicately woven and delivered through emotionally charged language that leaves you floored.” -

"Murphy’s story-telling sparkles… Murphy writes whirling, unfiltered emotion most powerfully” – Australian Stage.

"Murphy’s writing crackles with dark wit and beauty" - Theatre People.

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