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A new version by Simon Bent based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
DIRECTOR Ross Jolly
STARRING: Jeff Kingsford-Brown, Gavin Rutherford, Bronwyn Turei, William Kircher, and Steven Ray
Until 24 Jul – FINAL WEEK!
Preview 25 Jun
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm
$25 – $52
Note: $42 ‘Concession’ price (Community Services Card, Gold Card or student ID required)
Proudly sponsored by MARY AND PETER BIGGS CNZM & CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON
Runtime: 2 hours & 20 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)
A Life Affirming Comedy
A charming, funny celebration of the simple things in life, Elling centers on sensitive and smart Mummy’s boy Elling and his new roommate, the uncouth and a little hopeless Kjell – The Odd Couple of Oslo – a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of isolated institutional life.
Elling charts the bumps and stumbles as this pair makes their way back into the world we take for granted – building friendships, becoming accustomed to all things ordinary and starting to experience the pleasure of the everyday. We share their joy as they discover the richness of life in the ‘real’ world. But they must now re-assimilate successfully or face a return to State care… permanently.
Based on the cult Norwegian film and skillfully adapted by BAFTA Award winning English playwright Simon Bent, Elling is a sensitive, eccentric and unsentimental play. A parable about the nature of happiness, the need to be open and how all our lives would be improved by more poetry, more sex and more pork with gravy.
“Charming, gently funny, and life-affirming; a wonderful antidote to the winter blues.” – Regional News
“Kingsford-Brown and Rutherford give masterful performances” – Regional News
“Bronwyn Turei hits every emotional and comedic mark” – Theatreview
“From headwear and knitwear to underwear, Sheila Horton’s on-point Scandi costume designs enrich our perceptions of all nine characters.” – Theatreview
“I loved this play. I felt such warmth from it… Thinking about it long after and into the next day. I feel like Elling is the absolute right kind of feel-good for right now. And its year postponement has, oddly, only helped it to foster the right kind of connection. Gentle humour, lovely hues.” – Off The Tracks
Photo: Stephen A’Court. Design: Rose Miller