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Palace of the End


Thu 13 Jun 2013, 8:00pm
Fri 14 Jun 2013, 8:00pm
Sat 15 Jun 2013, 2:00pm
Sat 15 Jun 2013, 8:00pm
Sun 16 Jun 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda East, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Preview (+ booking fee): $20.00
  • School Groups: $20.00
  • Conc, Groups 8+ & under 30yrs: $25.00
  • Full: $32.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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"Thompson's triptych combines the most penetrating images of the Iraq war...close to perfection" The Guardian

March 2013 marked 10 years since the invasion of Iraq by the coalition forces and this June sees Theatre Works present the Australian premiere of Judith Thompson’s critically acclaimed Palace Of The End – a trio of monologues that tell the stories of three people forever impacted by the war in Iraq.

The first of these monologues is titled MY PYRAMIDS, inspired by the media circus around Lynndie England, the US soldier who was convicted of abusing detainees at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison.

HARROWDOWN HILL, the second piece is drawn from the well-publicized events surrounding the death of the British weapons inspector David Kelly, who allegedly committed suicide after being involved in a government scandal.

INSTRUMENTS OF YEARNING tells the story of Nehrjas al Saffarh, a well-known member of the Communist Party of Iraq and a mother of four. She was tortured by Saddam Hussein’s secret police in the 1970s. She died when Americans bombed her home during the first Gulf War.

In 2009 Palace Of The End received the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in the US.

Directed by Theatre Work’s Creative Producer Daniel Clarke, Palace Of The End features Eugenia Fragos (The Slap, Dead Europe) as an Iraqi mother; Hannah Norris (My Name is Rachel Corrie) as an American soldier; and Robert Meldrum (STC, Bell Shakespeare) as a British microbiologist and weapons inspector.

"Such is the power of Thompson's talent that even the chest-thumping newshounds who see the show may find themselves recalling that the earliest reports of man's inhumanity to man took the form of poems, recited beside a crashing sea" The New Yorker

Performance Details
Dates: 6 – 16 June
Time: Tue to Sat 8.00pm, 15 June 2pm, 12 & 16 June 5pm
Preview: Wed 5 June at 8pm
Price: $32 full / $25 conc, groups 8+ & under 30yrs / $20 school groups /