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A new version by Simon Bent based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
DIRECTOR Ross Jolly
STARRING: Andrew Foster, Gavin Rutherford, Bronwyn Turei, William Kircher and Ken Blackburn
26 Jun – 24 Jul
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)
Early Bird tickets available soon.
Proudly sponsored by MARY AND PETER BIGGS CNZM & CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON
A Life Affirming Comedy
After two years of sharing a room in a mental institution Elling and Kjell are allowed out, back into society. It’s not that they’re dangerous, they’re just a little… hopeless. Elling is too smart. Too sensitive. And, Kjell has a plan, a dream, a great ambition. He wants to lose his virginity. Preferably today.
Elling charts the bumps and stumbles as this truly odd couple make their way back into the world we take for granted. As they build friendships, become accustomed to all things ordinary and start to experience the pleasure of the everyday we share their joy as they discover the richness of life in the ‘real’ world.
Based on the cult Norwegian film and skilfully adapted by 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.
‘A rare treat … the most blissfully funny and touching evening I have had in the theatre for ages’ — The Guardian
‘Elling brings hearty dollops of humour, charm and warmth’ — Stuff
‘It’s charming, quirky, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny’ — Theatre New York
Photo: Stephen A’Court. Design: Rose Miller