Savage Grace 2021

Unforgettable theatre exploring love, loss, euthanasia and HIV-Aids

Celebrating 21 years of Steamworks Arts‍

August 11 - 14 at State Theatre WA

Savage Grace 2021

We are thrilled to be bringing back to the stage our inaugural award winning smash hit production Savage Grace

With the original cast we revisit this powerful classic Australian play by Alana Valentine, one of Australia's most esteemed playwrights.

Savage Grace is the story of Dr Tex Cladakis, an American HIV specialist, who meets bioethics professor Robert Bavaro. They clash over ethical issues, but despite or perhaps because of this, a passionate sexual affair develops between them. As Cladakis considers assisting the suicide of one of his terminally ill patients, the moral ground shifts and stakes escalate, threatening their personal beliefs and the trust and love that is growing between them.

This play is a ground-breaking work and a timely provocation given our current climate. Alana has written a contemporary update to the original work, with both characters now experiencing the 'new' pandemic of COVID-19, as they look back twenty+ years reflecting on love, loss, and their experience of the HIV-Aids pandemic that changed their lives forever.

…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 - if you haven't been to the theatre this year, now is the time (Sabian Wilde - X-Press Magazine)

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Creative Team:

Writer: Alana Valentine

Co-director/producer: Sally Richardson

Performers: Humphrey Bower & Gibson Nolte

Composition/sound design: Cat Hope

Co-director & Lighting design: Joe Lui

Set Design: Matt McVeigh

Costume design: Nicole Marrington

Creative producer: Libby Klysz

Associate artist/vision and production: Tim Green

Reviews:

A brave, searching play, Bower and Nolte do a superb job...Directed with simplicity and precision, this is 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)

Timeline:

  • Blue Room Theatre 2001
  • Subiaco Arts Centre (with Black Swan Theatre Company) 2002
  • Darlinghurst Theatre 2003, Mardi Gras Arts Festival
  • La Mama Theatre 2004
  • State Theatre Centre WA 2021

Performances:

August 11 - 14 at State Theatre WA

Awards:

Winner Best Production Blue Room Theatre Awards 2001

Winner Equity Guild Award Best Actor - Gibson Nolte

Winner Green Room Award Best Actor - Humphrey Bower

Finalist Best Director Equity Guild Award - Sally Richardson

Finalist Best Original Script Green Room Award - Alana Valentine

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