Friday, 29 January 2016

The Golden Age

(Sydney Theatre Company)

'The Golden Age' is a Sydney Theatre Company revival of the Louis Nowra play written in 1986.

Two friends hiking in remote Tasmania in 1939 become lost and stumble across a small community isolated in time and location, speaking an unrecognisable language. The community, apparently suffering the consequences of inbreeding, accompany the hikers back to the state capital where they are taken under the wing of a local doctor. After Australia enters the war against Germany, the Government perceives the group as a potential tool for Nazi propaganda and they are incarcerated in an asylum.

A play that takes us across six or seven years and from the wilderness of Tasmania to war ravaged Berlin and back again is almost by definition epic.

A very strong and striking production.


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