★★★★★ "I was riveted throughout by the faultless performances, the clarity in the direction and the economy in its design... Not to be missed under any circumstances."
On The Town
Tanya Ronder’s thrilling play, Table, is an epic tale of belonging, identity and the things we pass on.
In 1898 master craftsman David Best makes a table to celebrate his marriage. In Tanganyika in the 1950s, the Bests’ missionary grand-daughter, Sarah, stands atop the table and voluntarily disrobes in front of the hunter who has saved her from a leopard attack. Later, Sarah and her son Gideon join a 1960s commune. And in south London in 2013, the globe-trotting Gideon finally confronts the family he abandoned years ago to discover a likeable brat in a flamingo pink tutu spouting Mandarin Chinese.
Through it all David’s table is the centre of family rituals, meals and secrets, where couples have sex, where children play, where a corpse is laid out, where songs are sung and names are carved deep in to its grooves. Each mark is a point in time, each scratch a moment lost but not forgotten.
★★★★ “Table is a magical text, and there are real moments of greatness in this production.” The Music
“Tempestuous and boisterous, a seat at this Table is an invitation to a feast.” Sydney Arts Guide
“The psychological and emotional accuracy that [director Kim Hardwick] is able to convey… makes for a staging that sings with authenticity from beginning to end.” Suzy Goes See
Writer Tanya Ronder
Director Kim Hardwick
Set and Costume Designer Isabel Hudson
Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane
Composer and Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Production Manager Gundega Lapsa
Voice Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Table is an amateur production by arrangement with Dominie Drama on behalf of Nick Hern Books.