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.”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE

“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

TICKETS
Full $49
Concession $23

Written and Created by
STEPHEN SONDHEIM, JOHN WEIDMAN
Directed by
ALISTER SMITH
Musical Director
ROBYN WOMERSLEY
Choreographer
MICHAEL RALPH
Set Design
EUGYEENE TEH
LX Design
ROB SOWINSKI
Costume Design
CHLOE GREAVES
Performed by
ANTON BEREZIN, ADRIAN LI DONNI, NICK SIMPSON-DEEKS

Theatre Works & Watch This & Manilla Street Productions present

Pacific Overtures

By Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman