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Wed 19 Sep 2012, 8:00pm
Thu 20 Sep 2012, 8:00pm
Fri 21 Sep 2012, 8:00pm
Sat 22 Sep 2012, 8:00pm
Sun 23 Sep 2012, 8:00pm

Where: Sydney Theatre, 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Sydney Theatre presents the visually arresting theatrical experience, Water, from one of Britain’s most innovative theatre companies, Filter, this September (12 – 23). The production opens on Thursday 13 September at 8.00pm.

Following two sell out runs in London and en route to BAM (New York), this immersive and involving story is directed by one of the UK’s leading directors, David Farr, Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a former Artistic Director at London’s Lyric Hammersmith. Farr’s production of Kafka’s Metamorphosis was a major highlight at Sydney Theatre in 2009.

The Independent on Sunday called Water "an impressive, intelligent and sensitive piece". The Times said "Water dips intelligently into a pool of themes sourced in contemporary human relations and the uneasy balances we sometimes strike between aspiration and integrity". The UK’s Daily Telegraph declared it “work that dazzles the eye, enchants the ear, and stimulates both the mind and heart”.

Using water as the intrinsic link between its characters and drawing on the different skills of the multi-talented troupe, Water spans two generations, two continents and 26 years. The story dives into the very depths of interpersonal relations, to look at the real costs involved in politics and the choices people make in life.

Every angle of the battle between two estranged half-brothers is covered, as they fight over the legacy and love of their recently departed father, a marine biologist. As Graham (Ferdy Roberts) deals with grief in his own way, his younger and more successful brother (Oliver Dimsdale) handles the loss very differently.

This meditation on the anguish of love and loss is intermeshed with a parallel story of a young political aide Claire (Poppy Miller) trying to grapple with issues of climate change on one side of the globe, while her neglected lover Joe (Oliver Dimsdale), prepares to dive the world's deepest fresh water cave on the other.

With the strange beauty of a dream, Water masterfully weaves the political and the personal together to ask whether people's inability to connect on a personal level could have catastrophic repercussions on a global scale. Filter use visual and sonic storytelling techniques to create a show of cinematic scale. Domestic scenes are interspersed with slow, majestic movement and music pieces, while video and sound are mixed live on stage (by composer Tim Phillips) to create theatre with thrillingly unique 'live chemistry'.

Filter’s previous productions include Silence and Twelfth Night (with the Royal Shakespeare Company), Three Sisters and A Midsummer Night's Dream (with the Lyric, Hammersmith) and Caucasian Chalk Circle (with the National Theatre of Great Britain).