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AGNES OF GOD
Blue Fruit Theatre
23rd Feb - 9th March
POWERFUL DRAMA TO HIT THE ADELAIDE FRINGE
A pacey and contemporary take on the highly emotive and controversial Agnes of God is set to enthral Adelaide Fringe audiences’ when it opens at The Arch, Holden Street Theatres on 23 February.
Based on a true story, Agnes of God by John Pielmeier, is a dramatic telling of a young nun who is accused of murdering her newborn baby. A court appointed psychiatrist, Dr Martha Livingstone, is sent to assess her sanity however her investigation is complicated by the interference of the Mother Superior. The interrogations which follow force all involved to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic and compelling climax.
The play was a major hit on Broadway; described by the New York Times as an 'outstanding play' that 'deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology', the NY Daily News as 'riveting, powerful and electrifying' and The New York Post as ‘unquestionably blindingly theatrical’. It was also made into a film of the same name starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly and was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe.
Despite being written in 1979, the issues it raises of faith, understanding, tolerance and compassion are extraordinarily relevant to society today. Director, Shona Benson, explains, “It’s the questions and debate that this play provokes that I think is so interesting; how we accept other people’s beliefs, the power of faith sitting alongside the scrutiny of science, the need to believe in something and the want for miracles. Extraordinarily, and rather worryingly, although the play is over 30 years old, the issues it raises are perhaps even more pressing within society today than they were when it was first performed.”
The play is being staged by the newly formed Blue Fruit Theatre Company and brings together a fantastic range of talent. Michaela Burger, who plays Agnes, is an internationally acclaimed performer and original singer/songwriter, described in the Advertiser last year as "Raw emotion made musical...mesmerising...a musical powerhouse”. Kathy Fisher, who is the Mother Superior, has performed with the State Theatre Company, as well as many others and Nicole Rutty, who leads as Dr Martha Livingstone, has acted on almost every stage in South Australia and won many awards for her performances. Shona Benson has acted and directed in the UK, India and Australia. Her first Fringe experience was in Edinburgh almost 20 years ago and she is delighted to be bringing this show to the Fringe in Adelaide.
Shona continues, “The things I love about live theatre are the emotions that it evokes in individuals and the conversation it generates amongst groups, because it can shine a spot light on life and makes us all pause and think. Agnes is a beautiful and heartbreaking play and I have no doubt that it will stay with audiences long after the lights come up.”
For anyone who is looking for some great theatre at this year’s Fringe, Agnes of God is a must. The production has been supported by BankSA and it’s expected that tickets will sell fast, so early booking is highly recommended.
Session times: 23 Feb & 3 Mar @ 8pm, 24, 25, 27 Feb & 1, 4, 5, 6 Mar @ 6:30pm, 2 Mar @ 4pm, 26 Feb & 7, 8, 9 Mar @ 9.30pm
Venue: The Arch, Holden Street Theatres, Hindmarsh
BOOKINGS THROUGH FringeTIX
Holden Street Theatres 34 Holden Street Hindmarsh
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