JOE WHITE’S ‘BLACKOUT SONGS’ PREMIERES AT RED STITCH THIS JUNE

by | May 14, 2024

‘You told me you loved me, once. You said you carried me. You remember that? You still carry me? Or did you drop me, somewhere along the line?’

 Following its Oliver-nominated run in London’s West End, Blackout Songs written by Joe White, is set to captivate Melbourne audiences in its Australian premiere at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre. Directed by the esteemed Tom Healey, leading an exciting cross-disciplinary creative team, this new play is a compassionate and unflinching study of love, addiction and memory.

Originally staged to sold-out audiences at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in 2022, Blackout Songs quickly garnered attention for its poignant portrayal of a co-dependent couple grappling with alcoholism. The play’s success led to a transfer to the Hampstead Mainstage in Spring 2023, where it earned an Oliver nomination for Best Play in an Affiliate Theatre.

Opening at Red Stitch on 5 June and running until 30 June, the Australian Premiere will feature a stellar cast led by ensemble member Sarah Sutherland, alongside Jack Twelvetree in his Red Stitch debut. Under Tom Healey’s direction, audiences can expect an emotionally charged performance that careers through the chaotic lives of a couple as they crash through binges, regrets, recovery, and relapse.

In a chance encounter at an AA meeting the two are drawn together, setting the stage for years of highs and lows spent falling in and out of each other’s lives. Veering from hedonism to hope, excess to abstinence, their love takes on mythical proportions. As they grapple with their demons, they should really get sober together and figure it all out. Just after one last drink.

Critics have hailed the two-hander as a “brave and original depiction of hedonistic excess and inner battles” (The Guardian). A kinetic, epic love story at its heart, this award-winning new play promises a rollercoaster journey that delves deep into the complexities of human relationships and the pursuit of love. Running at the home of BIG little theatre from 5-30 June, tickets are on sale now via www.redstitch.net/

Image: James Reiser  

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