BLUE/ORANGE by Joe Penhall


BLUE/ORANGE by Joe Penhall

Directed by Stuart Halusz. Featuring Jarryd Dobson, Andrew Lewis and introducing Tinashe Mangwana.
Race, madness and medical ethics collide in Joe Penhall's Olivier award-winning, exquisitely sharp modern classic.

This production is made possible through project funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.


SEASON DATES  20 Aug – 3 Sept

Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Following the performance on Tuesday 23rd August there will be a post-show Q&A with the cast and creatives. This is a great opportunity to meet the team and hear about the creative process behind the production!

“Joe Penhall has the rare gift of engaging both emotion and intellect and making you care desperately about the outcome” The Guardian

“Blue/Orange explores the connection between ethnicity and perceptions of mental health…it illuminates the way psychiatry can be strategic – and anatomises the politics of medical care.” Evening Standard (London)

“In the great way of comedy, Blue/Orange touches on great themes: self-advancement at the expense of others and perceptions of sanity.” The Independent (London)

Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics’ Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
Laurence Olivier Award – Best New Play 2001

Christopher stands on the cusp of release from a psychiatric ward. The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue. Psychiatrists Robert and Bruce are juggling the moral compass between their own personal and professional gain as they argue over whether Christopher should be released back into society. Bruce believes he still needs professional help whereas Robert, his senior, feels he would be better placed amongst ‘his community’…and besides ‘he’ll be less of a drain on resources’.

Stinging satire, burning writing and vibrant humour, this Olivier award-winning play asks the questions about mental health, ethnic prejudice and the stigmas around schizophrenia.

Stuart Halusz, Artistic Director THEATRE 180, says, “I am thrilled to be directing a stellar cast in this compelling modern classic which challenges our notion of ethnic prejudice and mental wellness in society.”

Duration 2hrs 15min (with interval)

Blue/Orange was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre on 7 April 2000. Michael Codron and Lee Dean transferred the Royal National Theatre’s production to the Duchess Theatre, London, on 30 April 2001.

Blue/Orange received its American Premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Beth Emelson, Producing Director, New York City, 2002.

Blue/Orange is presented by special arrangement with United Talent Agency

Image: Stewart Thorpe Photography

Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth

23 Aug 2022

24 Aug 2022

25 Aug 2022

26 Aug 2022

31 Aug 2022

02 Sep 2022

The Team


Joe Penhall


Stuart Halusz


Jarryd Dobson
Andrew Lewis
Tinashe Mangwana

Sound Designer

Noah Iluvich

Set & Costume Designer

Neil Sheriff

Accent Coach

Julia Moody

Production Manager

Garry Ferguson

Stage Manager

Rachael Canning

Assistant Stage Manager

Finlay Pedler

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