Once in Royal David's City | Queensland Theatre
22 April - 14 MayPlayhouse, QPAC$55 - 86Buy tickets Season tickets

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The great new Australian play by one of our greatest writers

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Who are we, what are we doing here, and why is it so? Faced with the loss of a parent, do we rage against the universe, search for connection or hope for an epiphany?

On the beaches of northern New South Wales, theatre director Will has planned to share a restful, halcyon Christmas with his recently-widowed mother. But then she falls ill.  During a bedside vigil, Will is forced to piece together the splintered shards of his own life, questioning his role as an artist, as a son, as a citizen of the world.

Artistic Director Sam Strong marks his Queensland Theatre directorial debut with this heartfelt work by playwright and former Artistic Director Michael Gow. At once intimate and sweeping, balancing warmth with wrath, Once In Royal David’s City is a life-affirming story about family, loss, purpose, politics, and the endless possibilities of art.

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Reviews

emotionally charged yet marvellously poignant
The extraordinary skills of Queensland Theatre artistic director Sam Strong and designer Stephen Curtis combine to produce scenes with maximum physical and emotional impactThe Australian
Beautifully nuanced... expertly crafted... a show of joy and lightStage Whispers
there’s plenty to chew over, and much to enjoy…uniformly excellentThe West Australian
'Once in Royal David's City' the best play Brisbane hasn't Seen YetQnews
theatre that makes you think, and laugh, and feel.Australian Stage
…a play with genuine, well-crafted, touching scenes, and ponders on the human conditionCool Perth Nights

Cast includes
Adam Booth, Penny Everingham, Emma Jackson, Jason Klarwein, Toni Scanlan, Adam Sollis, Kaye Stevenson and Steve Turner.

Director
Sam Strong

Designer
Stephen Curtis 

LX Designer
Matt Scott

Composer/Sound Designer
Ash Gibson Greig

Choreographer & Movement Director
Nerida Matthaei

Singing Coach
Jason Barry Smith

Dialect Consultant
Melissa Agnew

Stage Manager
Kathryn O'Halloran

Assistant Stage Manager
Heather O'Keefe

Director Observation
Katrina Irawati Graham Director Observation
Matthew Seery

Runtime:
100 minutes with no interval

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