Savage Grace

Savage Grace is everything that good theatre should be; educational, entertaining, emotive, edgy, confronting, compassionate and thought provoking, without ever crossing the line into preaching...
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"The play was one of those rare occasions where the skill of the playwright, the ability of the director and the power of the actors imbues the theatre with a wonderfully absorbing 90 minutes." (3CR Melbourne)

Creative Team:

By: Alana Valentine

Direction: Sally Richardson

Designed by: Andrew Lake

Performers: Humphrey Bower & Gibson Nolte

Composer: Cat Hope

"...a brave, searching play...Bower and Nolte do a superb job...Directed with simplicity and precision...a powerful and deeply affecting piece.." Melbourne Times

"...economical and intelligent direction by Sally Richardson make this a compelling piece of theatre.. " Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

"Sally Richardson.....regarded in Western Australian theatre as one of its most creative talents" Charles Purcell. Sydney Morning Herald 2003

"Savage Grace at the Subiaco Theatre Centre is a showcase of WA talent. The Steamworks Arts Production team has created a 'get off the lounge and go see' drama..." Western Suburbs Weekly

"Valentine's writing is witty and intelligent, with the two performers under Sally Richardson's insightful direction delving deeply into the moral complexities with an honesty and fearlessness that gives the play its resonance... " Ron Banks, The West Australian

"If you've ever wondered why some people get excited by theatre, it's time for you to head out and see Savage Grace and experience it for yourself. Savage Grace is everything that good theatre should be; educational, entertaining, emotive, edgy, confronting, compassionate and thought provoking, without ever crossing the line into preaching... Savage Grace is a beautiful piece of work in every regard, from scripting to set, sound and production design, although the lion's share of praise will ultimately lie at the feet of Bowers and Nolte. Savage Grace is probably one of the most powerful pieces of theatre performed in Perth in 2002 - if you haven't been to the theatre this year, now is the time.." Sabian Wilde, X-Press

Timeline:

  • 2005 La Mama Theatre, Melbourne
  • 2003 Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney, New Mardi Gras (in association with Performing Lines)
  • 2002 Subiaco Theatre Centre (in association with Black Swan Theatre Company)
  • 2001 Blue Room Theatre

Awards:

Best Production - Blue Room Awards 2001
Finalist - Best Direction, Guild Equity Awards
"Best Theatre" Listings 2003, Sun Herald
Green Room Awards - Best Male Actor 2005
Green Room Awards - Finalist Best Lighting, Best New writin

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