I and You

I and You

I and You

Written by Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Kate Cherry. Featuring Sophia Forrest and Darius Williams.
Featuring two of the hottest young performers in WA today, this searingly good play burns with humanity amid a poetical call to arms for living your best life. The ending will leave you breathless; your heart bursting with love and hope.

Caroline (Sophia Forrest) hasn’t been at school for months – sick at home, she’s trapped in her bedroom with only Facebook, Twitter and Insta for company. When classmate Anthony (Darius Williams) arrives unexpectedly, spouting Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and brandishing an unfinished English Lit project he urgently needs her help with, she is less than impressed and rejects this intrusion into her damaged life. As they come together and reveal themselves through Whitman’s electric poetry and over waffle fries, they discover a connection far deeper than either of them could ever have imagined.

From America’s currently most produced and popular playwright, comes this award-winning play.

I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“…The Children and I and You are a godsend for five actors at different points in their careers. There are no supernumerary parts here – each is a starring role, and all five take to the rare opportunity with fabulous energy and skill.”
David Zampatti, SEESAW MAGAZINE

“…THEATRE 180 delivers two lively, provocative and carefully crafted plays, with five fabulous performers. It is a joy to see great theatre again.”
Sarah McNeill, POST NEWSPAPERS

“Congratulations must go to the cast and crew of THEATRE 180 for this production of I and You, which held the audience spellbound until the climactic finish. Both Sophia Forrest (Caroline) and Darius Williams (Anthony) received a well deserved standing ovation for their performances.”
Greg Letts, PERTH WALKABOUT

“The tight direction, strong performances and intimacy of the space tie together for a wonderful 90 minutes at the theatre.”
Mitch Whelan, MAGAZINE 6000

Produced by special arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on behalf of Playscripts, Inc.

Duration 85min (no interval)

SEASON DATES  8 – 29 May

This show is part of THEATRE 180’s ‘One Act x 2’ program (The Children & I and You). To purchase the two show package you will need to purchase tickets for each show separately (via each show’s booking link) and when you get to the checkout page for each booking enter the promo code T180-DOUBLEBILL. This will apply the discount.

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

Image: Stewart Thorpe Photography

The Team

Writer

Lauren Gunderson

Director

Kate Cherry

Cast

Sophia Forrest
Darius Williams

Set/Costume Designer

Matthew Raven

Sound Designer

Noah Ivulich

Lighting Designer

Garry Ferguson

Production Manager

Garry Ferguson

Stage Manager

Finlay Pedler

Assistant Stage Manager

Rachael Canning

Accent Coach

Luzita Fereday

Movement Coach and Choreographer

Claudia Alessi

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You only have two weeks to catch one of the best plays written this century. Seriously. You won’t want to miss it!

Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall
WA Premiere
August 20 - September 3
Lower Burt Memorial Hall
38 St Georges Terrace, Perth
BOOKINGS: www.theatre180.com.au

“Christopher has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month. He wants out. The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue. His doctor, convinced he needs help, wants to section him. The senior consultant thinks it's all a question of culture: at home in Shepherd's Bush, Christopher will be amongst 'people who think just like him'. And besides, it costs taxpayer money to keep Christopher in care.

Race, ethics, sanity and prejudice collide in Joe Penhall's exquisitely sharp 'state-of-the-nation' classic. Blue/Orange was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, in April 2000.”
 

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #theatre #perthisok #westernaustralia #dlgsc
So excited to start rehearsals in July on this fabulous play! Here is a sneak peek into the first cast read to whet your appetite...
BLUE/ORANGE by Joe Penhall 
Race, madness and medical ethics collide in Joe Penhall's Olivier award-winning, exquisitely sharp modern classic.
Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics’ Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
Laurence Olivier Award – Best New Play 2001
Directed by Stuart Halusz
Featuring Jarryd Dobson, Andrew Lewis and Tinashe Mangwana
Set/Costume Design by Neil Sheriff
Sound Design by Noah Ivulich
Lighting Design by Garry Ferguson
20 Aug – 3 Sept
Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth
BOOKINGS: www.theatre180.com.au
“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)
Thanks to Rakib Erick for the wonderful video!
More wonderful images from last night’s event!
First read of the magnificent Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall 😊 Such a terrific team and so good to hear the words spring from the page! Don’t miss out on seeing this Olivier award-winning play. Aug 20-Sept 3 at Burt Hall, Perth. 
Bookings www.theatre180.com.au
#theatre #joepenhall
Today the THEATRE 180 family mourned the passing of Sally Tunnicliffe, who was at the beginning of the inception of Agelink Theatre and, with her husband Robin, contributed so much to the company for 25 years. Active as a writer, director and producer, Sally had a huge influence on the company and together with our founder Jenny Davis OAM, helped to establish the values we still operate by today. Her commitment to our performing artists and audiences was enormous, and she will always be remembered as a kind, generous and beautiful soul who left us with a song in our hearts. X
We are so delighted and honoured to welcome Dr Carina Hoang to the board of THEATRE 180. Dr Hoang brings an incredible amount of expertise, advocacy and heart to our team and we look forward to working with her!

Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR • Actor • Speaker • Historian • Academic • Business Owner •  Award-winning Author/Publisher 

Carina was 16 when she fled Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges living in a primitive refugee camp. After resettled in the United States she continued her education and had a successful corporate career. She went on to hold management positions in the semiconductor, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the areas of marketing, human resources, and administrative management. 

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Gender and Cultural Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy. 

Carina is a leading advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. In 2007, she moved to Australia and has made an immense impact in raising awareness of refugee issues.