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Something Natural But Very Childish


Tue 21 May 2013, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Wed 22 May 2013, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Thu 23 May 2013, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 24 May 2013, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 25 May 2013, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Cathedral St (Cnr Dowling St), Woolloomooloo, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $32.00
  • Full - Dinner and show: $38.00
  • Concession: $26.00
  • Concession - Dinner and show: $33.00
  • Cheap Tuesday: $21.00
  • Cheap Tuesday - Dinner and show: $28.00
  • Preview: $21.00
  • Preview - Dinner and show: $28.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: julie2

Sydney Independent Theatre Company presents the Sydney premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish.

An Australian play inspired by and based on short stories by Katherine Mansfield. Written and adapted by Gary Abrahams

“Remarkable comic chemistry… beguiling scenes weave a spell of love's labours won and lost.” - The Age (2010)

“Whilst frequently being very funny, achingly evokes the joys and heartache of love." - Australian Stage (2010)

Something Natural But Very Childish by Gary Abrahams is a unique piece of theatre that carefully explores several short stories by Katherine Mansfield. Combining classic drawing room comedy, surrealism and knife-edge Chekhovian like drama, Abrahams delicately weaves moments from the stories together, using wicked doses of humour and suspense to create a rich tapestry that darts and dives around three pairs of would-be lovers in Edwardian England, and the bitter hope that keeps them bound to each other. Widely considered one of the best and most influential short story writers of the last century, Katherine Mansfield was a prodigious talent with an incomparable flair for portraiture. Virginia Woolf is quoted to have said of her, “Hers is the only writing I have ever been jealous of.”

Nominated for four Green Room awards including best independent production and winning for male performer and direction: body of work for Gary Abrahams, Something Natural But Very Childish was originally staged in 2010 by Dirty Pretty Theatre at La Mama in Melbourne.

Kicking off on 30 April and running until 25 May 2013, Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO)’s Sydney premiere of the play is their first as the newly appointed residents and managers of the iconic Old Fitzroy Hotel theatre in Woolloomooloo. Directed by Julie Baz and featuring Tim Cole, Leah Donovan, Michael Faustmann, Kieran Foster, Margaux Harris, David Jeffrey and Carla Nirella, set and costume design is by Rachel Scane, sound design by multi-award winning composer, Sarah de Jong and lighting design by David Jeffrey.

The Old Fitz has been home to a diverse range of world class independent theatre since 1997. Building on this incredible 16 year legacy, while injecting their own unique style and vision, SITCO will build a year round program, comprising of theatre and a range of other entertainment including music, cabaret, comedy and film festivals. Established in 2011 and sister to Sydney Shakespeare Festival, SITCO aims to entertain, challenge and inspire audiences with theatre that is accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a really fun night out.

"It is exciting to see a new company pushing themselves into new territory and managing by and large so well.” - Theatre People (2011)