THE GOLDEN AGE features trifecta of Yellow Agency talent

February 1st, 2016 by Sarah Louden

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Louis Nowra’s THE GOLDEN AGE opened at STC on the 20th January to great reviews. The production features three of Yellow’s clients – directed by Kip Williams, designed by David Fleischer and lit by Damien Cooper.

The Daily Review and Time Out Sydney both gave the production 4 stars, the latter claiming “Williams’ production feels uncompromising: this is not a play to make you feel good at night; it’s a post-colonial nightmare, to make you feel truly ashamed of what was done to Aboriginal Australia in the name of ‘civilisation’ – let alone what was done to the world, during World War II, in the same name.”

The Sydney Morning Herald gave the play an impressive write up especially on the subject of the design. “David Fleischer’s set makes no concessions to attractiveness. The world of the lost tribe is no paradise. If anything, under pre-show lighting, his steep mound of earth is an assault to the eyeballs, a colossal cowpat… Under Damien Cooper’s sweeping lights we come to appreciate its earthily, elemental presence and its versatility, however, and the slow breakdown of its original shape, brought about by actors charging up and down its slopes or writhing on its surface.” 

The Guardian likewise wrote that “ambitious questions…ring boldly through Louis Nowra’s sweeping Tasmanian period drama”; and theatre blogger Suzy Wrong praised the production for being “profoundly hypnotic, coalesced with brilliant dramatic chemistry and an air of intriguing mystery so fierce that we are left still wanting more after its generous three-hour duration.”

For production dates and details, visit the Sydney Theatre Company website.