Writer, broadcaster and actor John Doyle’s new play, The Pig Iron People, is an ironic take on the politics and personalities of the suburban Australian street, exploring the frustrations of the generation gap and the redemptive power of love. Directed by Craig Ilott (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Pillowman), Sydney Theatre Company’s world premiere is at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from 27 October to 6 December 2008.
Recently divorced teacher Nick, seeking to reinvent himself and find his voice as a writer moves in to Liberal Street in inner-west Sydney on the very day John Howard comes to power. His new neighbours, most of whom grew up under earlier conservative Prime Minister Robert Menzies (aka Pig Iron Bob), have a world view distinctly at odds with his own. Despite his best efforts he finds himself drawn into their lives and as salvation comes through love with eccentric actress April, his cantankerous old neighbours threaten to ruin everything.
As Nick, Glenn Hazeldine returns to Sydney Theatre Company following his memorable performance in 2007’s Don’s Party, while the production marks Caroline Craig’s Main Stage debut with the Company as April. Doyle’s Pig Iron People are brought to life by veteran actors Danny Adcock, Max Cullen, Judi Farr, Bruce Venables and Jacki Weaver.
John Doyle is well known for his iconic creation ‘Rampaging’ Roy Slaven who, with his cohort HG Nelson, has appeared continuously on television and radio since 1985. He is recipient of eight Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) awards, one for Best Original Mini- Series for Changi, one for Marking Time, three Logies and an AFI Award for Best Television Screenplay and NSW Premier’s Literary Award, again for Marking Time.
Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present
THE PIG IRON PEOPLE
By John Doyle
Director: Craig Ilott Designer: Stephen Curtis Lighting Designer: Peter Neufeld
Sound Designer: Steve Francis
Cast: Danny Adcock, Caroline Craig, Max Cullen, Judi Farr, Glenn Hazeldine, Bruce Venables, Jacki Weaver
Venue: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Previews: 27-30 October at 8pm All Tickets: $50
Season: From 1 November 8pm - 13 December 8pm
Evenings: Tuesdays – Saturdays 8pm, Mondays 6.30pm Adults: $77 Concession: $62
Matinees: Wednesdays 1pm (Wednesday 26 November at 12.15pm) Saturdays 2pm Adults: $68 Concession: $56
Night with the Actors: Monday 10 November 6.30pm
Bookings: (02) 9250 1777 sydneytheatre.com.au