Calling all theatre buffs, boy you are in for a real treat. Especially if you live in Sydney.
The Old Fitz Theatre is hosting the Oz-premiere for The Wolves by American playwright Sarah DeLappe. It’s a touching little production about the struggles and successes of a female indoor soccer team. From suburban culture to the big and tiny battles of adolescence, it’s a cheeky, fun and fab portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine girls who just want to score some goals… Sorry sometimes you just really can’t avoid the pun.
But it’s kick off (sorry) and we’re ready to whet our whistle (okay, I’m done.) The entire first week is sold out (tickets for remaining shows here), so here are a few reasons why you need to snap up your seats asap and see this ‘lil classic.
The Cast Is Led By Brenna Harding From Black Mirror
You probably watched Episode Two of Black Mirror’s Season Four late last year or early this. You know the one, Arkangel, directed by Jodie Foster, where a young girl essentially has a webcam in her forehead? Well the older teen character is played by Brenna Harding who was bloody amazing in that episode alone.
If that ain’t enough for ‘ya, we also have appearances from Cece Peters (a regular in Channel 10’s The Wrong Girl) and Zoe Terakes (from ABC’s Janet King, and also a Logie nominated rising star.) So from a talent perspective, you certainly wont be lacking.
It’s Had Two Sold Out Off-Broadway Seasons
It’s a rather fast paced production, that get’s you to focus on the dialogue during a time of life when a lot is happening. And that certainly impressed the punters overseas as the production just kept on selling out shows across Broadway in the United States. It’s even more of an achievement when remembering that The Wolves is DeLappe’s first production attempt.
With the hype building up, the awards and reviews just continued to build up.
Was A 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist For Drama
Not a bad little feat to chuck on the resume for a debut effort, with the production shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama last year. Although not taking out the accolade in full, The Wolves took out the American Playwriting Foundation’s inaugural Relentless Award, it was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and also for the Yale Drama Series Prize. So if you’re on of those I-only-go-to-theatre-productions-with-lots-of-accolades types, you’ve been well taken care of.
Rave Reviews For Days
And look ultimately, the reviews speak for themselves. Everywhere from the New York Times, to The Hollywood Reporter and Time Out New York had nothing but praise for DeLappe and her cast – something you don’t see too often.
It’s definitely got a particular style, referencing religion, Netflix, Harry Potter and various pop-culture worthy moments that try to drive home that you are watching and listening to teenage girls. But it’s a delightful entertaining experience that is worth a visit.
The Wolves is running from 14th March 2018 to 14th April 2018, at the Old Fitz Theatre in Sydney, so go grab your tickets here because this match is nearly sold out (doesn’t count.)
Image Source: Netflix, John Marmaras