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Hydra – Queensland Theatre
9 March - 6 April
Hydra By Sue Smith
9 March to 6 April 2019 at the Bille Brown Theatre
Award-winning Sue Smith weaves the original writings of two of Australia’s literary icons into a moving relationship drama. She conjures the passion and intensity of the near-mythical ‘King and Queen of Hydra’ as they follow their dream, only to end up in a Greek tragedy of their own making. A co-production with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Hydra will be directed by Queensland Theatre’s Artistic Director, Sam Strong and is a world premiere.
The Cast includes: Anna McGahan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Underbelly, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Nathan O’Keefe (Alexandra’s Project, Balloon Man), Hugh Parker (Noises Off, The 39 Steps, The Family Law), Bryan Probets (The 39 Steps, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and more.
The Story: They were writers, dreamers and free spirits. In the 1950s, Australian authors Charmian Clift and George Johnston* fled halfway across the world to the idyllic Greek island of Hydra, determined to carve out a bohemian living as artists. As they revel in their picturesque community, far off the world’s literary map, the inspiration for the great Australian work strikes. But a many-headed monster of jealousy, infidelity, illness and alcoholism also rises from the crystal blue waters of their sun-kissed island home.
A State Theatre Company of South Australia co-production.
*While living on Hydra, George Johnston wrote his 1964 Miles Franklin award-winning novel, My Brother Jack.
Book your tickets online: http://www.queenslandtheatre.com.au/Shows/19-Hydra