25 October – 13 November 2021
Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove
La Boite Theatre will stage a a 35th anniversary recreation of Michael Gow’s Away, directed by Daniel Evans, as their final mainstage production for 2021.
Set in 1967 against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, three families pack their cars for Christmas at the beach, where a freak storm forces their respective vacations to fall apart and intersect in the most magical way.
With a 60s soundtrack and star-studded cast including Roxanne McDonald, Christen O’Leary and Bryan Probets, this sun-kissed revival will breathe new life into Michael Gow’s Australian classic, taking audiences on a nostalgic journey from deep suburbia to the Gold Coast’s glitter strip for the ultimate summer fling.
La Boite CEO & Executive Director Zohar Spatz described Away as a play that every Australian can relate to.
“Michael Gow’s Away is a modern masterpiece and one of our country’s most loved and iconic plays,” Spatz said. “Funny and very moving, it prompts us to consider what is ultimately most important in our lives, which couldn’t be more timely. With Daniel Evans at the helm and an ensemble company of Queensland’s finest actors, audiences can look forward to a witty and wonderful escape to welcome in the summer.”
Daniel Evans said the 10-strong company would take audiences on a nostalgic journey from a suburban school hall to the Gold Coast’s iconic glitter strip, with plenty of secrets, seduction and good summer vibes along the way.
“This is a play filled with everything you need for a brilliant night in the theatre – deeply-felt characters, Shakespearean magic, bittersweet Summer romance and a rollicking 60s soundtrack,” Evans said.
“Plays like Away are what make us fall in love with theatre for the first time or all over again. This one bristles with life and death, joy and pain, love and loneliness, awakenings and awkwardness, the things we hold onto and the things we can’t let go of – for better or for worse.”