19 February - 9 March 2014
The end of the world is coming.
It is 1853 and American ships are poised in the waters around Japan. A fisherman and a minor samurai are dispatched to ‘stop the boats’ and hold back the tide of Western incursion – at stake is a way of life.
Stephen Sondheim’s extraordinary epic PACIFIC OVERTURES is hysterically funny one minute and deeply moving the next, as it explores the forces of cultural change in 100 minutes of highly charged theatre.
“During the number “A Bowler Hat”, the audience is invited into the conflicting psychological states that made the westernisation of Japan such a tumultuous experience for the nation. The symbolic evolution of the characters depicted through the colour, music and costume in “A Bowler Hat” are the most memorable and poignant of this musical.”
“This is a markedly slicker affair, whose designers make this independent production punch far above its weight. Eugyeene Teh’s set is an exercise in monochrome minimalism that can transform like origami, in keeping with Chloe Greaves’ gossamer kimonos."
SUNDAY MORNING HERALD
Written and Created by
STEPHEN SONDHEIM, JOHN WEIDMAN
ANTON BEREZIN, ADRIAN LI DONNI, NICK SIMPSON-DEEKS