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Cold Light

15 March 2016

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Performance Details

Tuesday 15 March, 7:30pm
Duration:
2h 20min
Venue:
Street 1

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How far can a woman of vision go?

Here comes Edith Campbell Berry, fresh from International acclaim at the League of Nations, handsome British diplomatic husband in tow. Look out 1950’s Canberra, she’s on her way to the top. Or is she? The League was after all a failure, and hubby dear is a secret cross dresser and her long lost brother is a Communist agitator watched by a fledgling ASIO. Maybe those dreams of renewed diplomatic honour might take longer than she thinks to materialize. A lot longer. 

And so to be ‘acceptable’ she consults the Book of Crossroads, bungles her inner life, remarries badly, and compromises her career options. Delicious drama, involving life choices, and a celebration of the beauty of a life lived with passion and determination. 

"In Canberra you can enjoy the privilege and discomforts of all three modes of living in one place - the capital, the rural life and exile."

Cold Light, based on book three of Frank Moorhouse’s Miles Franklin Award winning Edith Trilogy, will charm and provoke while asking timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference. Sexually flamboyant, culturally dynamic, politically and diplomatically engaged, Edith Campbell Berry, the astonishing creation of one of Australia’s greatest novelists, now comes to life on the Canberra stage in a racy, searing, highly entertaining adaptation by celebrated playwright Alana Valentine. 

Cold Light is an epic story of national significance surveying the transformation of Australia from the post-WWII Menzies era to the mid-1970’s Whitlam government.  

Pull on your gloves and cinch in that waist, Edith is going to whip The Street Theatre into shape.

"Edith is the sort of character with whom anyone would like to have dinner. She is clever, and principled, and foolish, and vain, and decisive, and fierce, and hopeless, and interested in shoes. We love her and that’s that". ANNABEL CRABB

"Like Edith, Cold Light is dutiful, brooding, witty and salacious – and indefatigable. It’s Edith’s story but Australia’s too".  THE SUN HERALD

Street One - Reserved | Duration - 140 minutes, including interval.

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COLD LIGHT
ADAPTED BY ALANA VALENTINE
BASED ON THE NOVEL COLD LIGHT BY FRANK MOORHOUSE

A Street Produced Contemporary Drama

FRIDAY 3 MARCH 2017 @ 7:30PM (PREVIEW)
SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017 @ 7:30PM
SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2017 @ 4PM
WEDNESDAY 8 - SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2017 @ 7:30PM
SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2017 @ 4:PM
WEDNESDAY 15 - SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017 @ 7:30PM

TICKET PRICES:
STANDARD: $55.00
CONCESSION: $49.00
GROUP 4+: $46.00
STUDENT $39.00
PREVIEW: $35.00
MID-WEEK SPECIAL: $46.00 (March 8th/March 9th + March 15th/March 16th ONLY)

 

Location

15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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