When you have everything you could want out of life, what happens next?

After the critical and box office success of ‘Rhinoceros’ 5pound theatre’s opening play in their 2012 season once again finds them grappling a quadruped.

Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ is a bitingly funny, tragic and controversial discourse on the limits of love, making no apologies for pushing moral boundaries through themes of homosexuality, infidelity, incest, pedophilia and of course bestiality.

With a surprisingly funny and deft touch, Albee doesn’t preach or teach, but rather asks us to examine our own limits of acceptance, and challenges our views of love, family and morality.

Martin, a prize-winning architect with a loving wife and son, is celebrating a milestone birthday and his recent career successes. But when his friend Ross notices Martin is distracted he coaxes a confession out of him, unleashing a truth that will destroy everything this tight family unit holds dear.

Premiering in 2002, ‘The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?’ won both the Drama Desk and the Tony Awards for Best Play and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

A serious, thoughtful, even tragic play despite the comic outrageousness of its premise.” - Michael Kuchwara, The Associated Press

Straying from their home at The Owl and the Pussycat this production will seek to bring 5pound’s trademark intimacy to the vast expanse of the Collingwood Underground Car Park, a venue known for it’s cold harshness.
The sprawling darkness of the car park serves to contrast the play’s intricate domesticity and highlights some of the deeper darker themes it deals with.

And for those of you worried about the cold, don’t… we are supplying blankets!

Here is what people had to say about 5pound theatre’s first season…

 “5pound is carving a niche as one of the smallest, but most innovative theatre companies in Melbourne in its inaugural year.” – Theatre Alive

“Worthy of State Theatre Company status at a fraction of the cost.” - Talking Fringe.

“To merely say engaging would be an understatement.” - Australian Stage

“5pound Theatre is for people who love theatre in the truest sense of the word.” - Milkbar Mag

 

 
 

 

 

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