Nocturne (Australian premiere)

Sally Richardson's direction embraces the thematic and symbolic importance of music and gives form to what rapp describes as the many temperatures of grief.
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"LUMINOUS EVENING OF THE SOUL.....The Australian premiere of this solo show is impressive....Nocturne is reminiscent of Spalding Gray's one-man monologues, with a finely balanced, alternately precise and rambling quality that always returns to the main theme...Nolte is in superb command of his material...Rapp's writing is rich and multi-layered...an intelligent production under the deft direction of Steamworks theatre company director Sally Richardson..." (Vicki Laurie- The Australian)

Creative Team:

By: Adam Rapp

Direction: Sally Richardson

Designed by: Andrew Lake

Performed by: Gibson Nolte

"...every collaborator in the Australian premiere, a Steamworks Arts Productions/B Sharp presentation is in tune with Rapp's award winning text...Nolte plays every word with a precision and sensitivity comparable with a musician mastering a complex score. Sally Richardson's direction embraces the thematic and symbolic importance of music and gives form to what rapp describes as the many temperatures of grief. Her orchestration of pace reflects Rapp's conceptual framework...an almost choreographic use of space and stillness... a skillful application of theatrical craft..." Mark Hopkins, Sydney Morning Herald

"Actor Gibson Nolte handles the dramatic monologue piece with intensity and passion... ...Nocturne is an example of theatre at it's best. It will make your heart ache at it's tragedy but also has lighter moments, which will bring a smile to your face...." Tanya McNaughton,X-Press magazine

"American playwright Adam Rapp is considered a rising star. You can tell why after seeing Nocturne which is enthralling..a compelling feature of Nocturne is the mellow and sumptuous language...another quality Steamworks production..." Rita Clarke, Subiaco Post

Timeline:

  • 2004 Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • 2004 Belvoir St, Downstairs Theatre, Sydney (in association with B-Sharp)

Awards:

Finalist - Best Direction 2003 Guild Equity Awards

Finalist - Best Actor 2003 Guild Equity Awards

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