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.
SEASON DATES 20 Aug – 3 Sept
Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth
“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.”
Blue/Orange was first performed in the Cottesloe auditorium of the Royal National Theatre, London, on 7 April 2000.
Duration 2hrs 15min (with interval)
This production is made possible through project funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Image: Stewart Thorpe Photography
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