Inside her triple-glazed compound, Augusta shields herself from the catastrophic elements, bathing in the classics and campaigning for the reinstatement of global reliance on fossil fuels. Outside, the world lurches from one environmental cataclysm to the next. Meanwhile, her sister, Olympia, thinks the best way to save endangered species is to eat them. Their niece, Basra, is intent on making a difference – but how? Can you save the world one blog at a time?
Stephen Carleton’s The Turquoise Elephant won the 2015 Griffin Award. A shockingly black, black, black political farce, it’s the sort of play that pushes itself into a season – it’s urgent, contemporary and perilously close to being real. From opera on Sydney Harbour to the tiny jewel of the Stables stage, there is nothing director Gale Edwards cannot do. She brings her magic and wry insight to the world premiere of this very funny, clever and wicked new work.
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The Turquoise Elephant was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia and the University of Sydney’s Department of Performance Studies.
Director Gale Edwards
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Emma Vine
Lighting & AV Designer Verity Hampson
Associate Lighting Designer Daniel Barber
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
Stage Manager Karina McKenzie
With Catherine Davies, Maggie Dence, Julian Garner, Belinda Giblin, Olivia Rose
Videographer Xanon Murphy
Season 24 October – 26 November 2016
Meet the Artists on Tuesday 25 October (exclusively for Griffin Subscribers)
90 minutes no interval
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011
“If you want to laugh your way into a downward existential spiral about the way humanity has screwed the world, then The Turquoise Elephant is the play for you.” Aussie Theatre, Bec Caton
“A darkly comic piece of absurdist mastery…This a play that should be seen, heard, and confronted by as many people as possible.” Performing Arts Hub, Glenn Saunders
“Seductively funny and satisfyingly silly…The show is a visual banquet.” Stage Noise, Diana Simmonds
“Vivid performances – with Giblin impressing most as the demented Olympia – do much to make The Turquoise Elephant feel less like an agit-prop exercise and more like a modern day Moliere.” The Sydney Morning Herald, Jason Blake
“Maggie Dence as Augusta and Belinda Giblin as Olympia are superb creations, commanding in their characterisation, hilarious in their hideousness.” Australian Stage, Richard Cotter