★★★★★ “A stunner… packed with lines that sing, slaps that sting & scenes that will break your heart.”
Leading independent company, Outhouse Theatre Co (Dry Land, The Aliens, 4 Minutes 12 Seconds) presents the Australian premiere of The Rolling Stone by rising British playwriting star, Chris Urch.
Dembe and Sam have been seeing each other for a while. They should be wondering where this is going and when to introduce each other to their families. But they’re gay and this is Uganda. The consequences of their relationship being discovered will be violent and explosive. Especially for Dembe, whose brother goes into the pulpit each week to denounce the evils of one man loving another.
In some parts of the world, being gay can get you killed and The Rolling Stone could not be more timely. Urch has crafted a powerful and gripping play where family, faith and paranoia collide. Shining a light on bigotry and the battle to be yourself in an unforgiving society, it is a play for our challenging times.
Helmed by acclaimed director Adam Cook (Much Ado About Nothing and A Doll’s House for Sport for Jove, The Motherf*cker with the Hat for Workhorse Theatre, Daylight Saving for Darlinghurst Theatre Company), The Rolling Stone is an exciting chance for Sydney audiences to discover a major, new voice.
Winner of a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
Nominated for 6 Off-West End Awards including Best New Play
Guardian Top 10 Theatre of 2015
Nominated for Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards
“Scorching, sweat-drenched intensity.” The Times
“Could hardly be more timely.” The Guardian
“Packs a devastating emotional punch.” The Independent
“Chris Urch is already becoming one of British theatre’s major talents.” Whatsonstage
This performance contains adult themes, coarse language, sexual references and haze. Recommended for ages 15+
Filming and photography not permitted.
Total lockout applies – latecomers will not be admitted to the theatre.
Director Adam Cook
Producer Outhouse Theatre Co
Set Designer Isabel Hudson
Lighting Design Sian James-Holland
Sound Composition and Design Nate Edmondson
Production Manager Felix Johnson
Photographer Marnya Rothe
Joe Mandela Mathia
Sam Damon Manns
Dembe Elijah Williams
Mama Nancy Denis
Naome Henrietta Amevor
Wummie Zufi Emerson