A co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia, Hydra brings to Brisbane stages the true love story of Charmian Clift, George Johnston, and My Brother Jack, the 1964 Miles Franklin Award-winning novel that Johnston wrote while living on the idyllic Greek island from which the play takes its name.
Writers, dreamers and free spirits – in the 1950s, Australian authors Charmian Clift and George Johnston fled halfway across the world to the Greek island of Hydra, determined to carve out a bohemian living as artists. As they revel in their picturesque community, far off the world’s literary map, inspiration for the great Australian work strikes. But a many-headed monster of jealousy, infidelity, illness and alcoholism also rises from the crystal blue waters of their sun-kissed island home.
Playwright Sue Smith weaves the original writings of two of Australia’s literary icons into a moving relationship drama, and conjures the passion and intensity of the near-mythical ‘King and Queen of Hydra’ as they follow their dream, only to end up in a Greek tragedy of their own making.
Hydra will be directed by Queensland Theatre’s Artistic Director, Sam Strong and is a world premiere. The cast includes: Anna McGahan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Underbelly, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Nathan O’Keefe (Alexandra’s Project, Balloon Man), Hugh Parker (Noises Off, The 39 Steps, The Family Law), Bryan Probets (The 39 Steps, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and more.
Hydra will run from March 9 – April 6, 2019 at the Bille Brown Theatre. For ticketing and further information, visit Queensland Theatre’s website.