RUBEN GUTHRIE Ruben Guthrie, a biting Aussie play with heart
DATES: Season: Wednesday September 7
Thursday September 8
Friday September 9
Saturday September 10
VENUE: The 1812 Theatre, 3 Rose Street, Upper Ferntree Gully
Tickets: $27 Adult $24 Groups (10+)
Cast: Jeanette Coppolino, Travis Handcock, Stephanie King, Andrew Mellor, Stephanie Morrell, David Runnalls, Steven Young
Director Travis Handcock is passionate about this play and this is his second staging now in the independent arena. He also plays the role of Ruben Guthrie.
Brendan Cowell's brutally honest and acerbically wicked play about one man's relationship with booze, love, family, redemption and being taken to AA by his mum. What happens when those around you just won't let you quit drinking?
Ruben Guthrie (Best New Australian Work Nominee 2008) tackles the Australian drinking culture head on as Ruben - a super explosive ad-exec with a devil may care attitude - drinks, lives and loves to excess until the day he tries to fly...literally. Ruben Guthrie is directed by award winning actor and director Travis Handcock and is also the inaugural play of Handcock and Stephanie King's new theatre company FizzWack.
Brendan Cowell's biting prose examines the highs and lows of drinking to excess in very familiar territory - our own. Australia has always been looked at as a party place; a place where youth binge drinking is out of control; a place where success is not only matched by the amount of money you make but the amount of fine wine you drink. Cowell's play picks at the scab sitting atop who we are as a people, what we deem acceptable, how we enable those we profess to help and how we drink to excess. Ruben has it all: a successful high flyer engaged to a Czech supermodel with money to burn and ideas to match, but his life comes crashing down when he can't see beyond the bottom of a booze bottle.
Ruben Guthrie is also a highly lauded 2015 Australian film starring Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades and Abbey Lee Kershaw in the lead roles. The screenplay was written by Brendan Cowell and is based off his play. Cowell also directed the film.
Warning: The play contains violence, nudity, drug and alcohol use, sexually explicit action and adult language. May not be suitable for children.
Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Online Magazine is proudly covering the September 7 performance (media: Casey Long)