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'night, Mother
By Marsha Norman

Presented by the Holden Street Theatre Inc.



This thought-provoking play centres around the complex relationship between Jessie, the daughter, and Thelma, her mother. The story unfolds as Jessie calmly discloses her intention to end her life that evening, informing her mother, Thelma, that by morning she will be gone. As the dialogue unfolds between them, the reasons behind Jessie's decision gradually emerge, shedding light on their shared history and Jessie's meticulous preparations for her own death. The play builds to a gripping and unsettling climax, leaving the audience with deep reflections on the unavoidable outcome.


Marsha Norman is the winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play ‘NIGHT, MOTHER. In l992 she won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her book for the Broadway musical, THE SECRET GARDEN. She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple; she received a Tony nomination for the original production, and a Tony Aware for the 2016 Revival. Her play the Master Butcher’s Singing Club, premiered at the Guthrie Theatre in the fall of 2010. She won a Peabody Award for her writing on the HBO television series, IN TREATMENT, starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest. Her most recent work is the adaptation of THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN: A NOVEL SYMPHONY FOR ACTORS AND ORCHESTRA, with music conducted and written by Jason Robert Brown. The CD has been released by TRW and PS Classics.

Her other plays include Getting Out, for which she won the John Gassner Medallion and the American Theater Critics Association Citation, Third And Oak: The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, The Holdup, Traveler In The Dark, Sarah And Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, Trudy Blue, and Last Dance.



Peter Goers

Peter Goers is an Adelaide director, actor, designer and occasional playwright. A Fringe Award winner and former Artistic Director of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. His production of “California Suite” opened Holden Street Theatres in 2003. He co-directed the opera “Hansel And Gretel” with Dame Joan Hammond, pantomimed Captain Hook in the ballet of “Peter Pan”, taught university drama and directed plays in Istanbul, Turkey and is a prolific and iconoclastic Adelaide theatre director. Favourites of the many shows he’s directed include “A Little Night Music”, “The Glass Menagerie”, “Streetcar”, "Kiss Of The Spider Woman”, “The Christian Brothers” and “Amadeus”. As an actor his favourite roles are Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey”, Gerald Popkiss in “Rookery Nook”, the Emperor in “Amadeus” and playing opposite Martha Lott in “California Suite”. Goers is a celebrated ABC Radio broadcaster and frequent entertainer who has appeared more than a thousand times throughout Australia including the Theatre Royal in Tasmania. He has performed eight solo shows for the Holden Street Theatres Fringe and is the author of two memoirs, “Maddening, Self-Indulgent Crap” and “In The Air Of An Afternoon Almost Past” published by Wakefield Press and is a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University. In 2013 he was honoured by the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to community, broadcasting and the arts.




Martha Lott

Is a founder and the Artistic Director of Holden Street Theatres. The Fringe shows she has produced over the last twenty years at Holden Street have won more than one hundred awards and given her theatre coveted international reputation. Born to a show business family, Martha has worked as actor, director and producer in Australia and the UK. Martha has appeared in many plays such as 'Private Lives' by Noel Coward, 'Califonia Suite' by Neil Simon, 'The Removalists' by David Willamson, 'Death of a Salesman' and 'Trojan Women' at the State Theatre Company SA, 'The Mistress' by Arnold Wesker which toured to teh Edinburgh Fringe and plays in SA and 'Bash' by Neil LaBute. Martha then took a break from the stage and returned in 2019/2022 with'Grounded' by George Brant, and in 2021 performed her own work 'That Boy'. More recently Martha Starred in the celebrated production of 'LOOPED' by Matthew Lombardo as Tallulah Bankhead. Her most recent film and television credits include 'Storm Boy' and 'The Stranger'.


Kathryn Fisher

Kathryn Fisher began her theatre career after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Flinders University.

She studied mime in Paris, then went on to work with The State Theatre Company of SA, The Stage Company, the Festival Centre Trust and Harvest Theatre Company.

Kathryn has appeared in numerous films and television series, including Sarah Dane, Robbery Under Arms, Coda, Strangers, Sebastian and the Sparrow, Prime Time and The Flying Doctors. More recently she has appeared as Ninette Dutton in the documentary The Many Loves of Geoffrey Dutton.

She has appeared in numerous plays for Independent Theatre including, The Blood of Agamemnon, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hamlet, Les Parents Terribles, East of Eden, Master Class, Major Barbara, My Boy Jack, Vanity Fair and Pride & Prejudice. Kathryn also played the Mother in the award winning production of Sunday in the Park with George for State Opera South Australia Studio Program.

Kathryn has worked extensively in Radio drama and poetry presentations for the ABC, as well as 5AD. For many years, she ran a nationally accredited School of Drama, Radio and Journalism, and now assists with voice technique as part of David Griggs’ highly successful public speaking workshop “Beyond Words.”

'night, Mother


Genre: Theatre

Season: 2023

Rating: M

Dates: 7th - 25th Nov

Duration: 2hr (incl interval)

7 - 25 Nov @ 7:30pm
11 Nov & 25 Nov @ 2pm
19 Nov @ 4pm

Preview: $30.30
General Admission: $35.30
Concession: $30.30
Cheap Tuesday: $28.30
Sunday 19 May: $28.30
(inclusive of Booking Fee)

Venue: The Studio

32 - 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.



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