By Melita Rowston
16 May – 9 June 2012
WORLD PREMIER presented by Chester Productions, in association with The Spare Room 2012
“New Theatre is a visceral theatre experience, full of heart and driven by passion” Concrete Playground
“Crushed is as much a blast from the [80s] past for its characters as it is for the audience … welcome to the mother of all high-school reunions!” Time Out
“If I invest years of my life into writing a play, I want my words to be heard, so programs like The Spare Room are crucial.”
Melita Rowston. Read the full interview at altmedia.net.au
“Keep your window closed at night because you don’t want to get taken like little Eloise was taken.”
Interview with Melita on theMusic.com.au
Follow the CRUSHED blog at http://crushedtheplay.blogspot.com.au/
In the summer of 1988, ‘Sunny Girl’ Susie turned sweet sixteen. Her boyfriend Jason gave her a Poison t-shirt, her best friend Kelly gave her a name-necklace, and Kelly’s boyfriend Dazza gave her a handful of pills.
That night Susie Greene disappeared and was never seen again.
Twenty-two years later, the blood splattered t-shirt of the missing schoolgirl is unearthed in the scrub and Jason, Kelly and Dazza are brought back together for the bleakest of high school reunions. As the police uncover more evidence, Susie’s oldest friends are forced to confront their memories of a night they’d hoped to leave buried in their adolescence forever.
CRUSHED is a darkly humorous murder mystery/whodunit, a fast-paced, acerbic Gen X ride that drags the ‘lost child’ of Australian myth into the 21st century. This daring and imaginative play captures the spirit of the 80s with ironic hindsight and explores the sinister violence that lurks beneath the sun-bleached facade of Australia’s ‘she’ll be right’ culture.
New Theatre is very excited to be presenting this World premiere, in association with Chester Productions, as the first play for The Spare Room 2012 – our season of co-productions with three of Sydney’s leading independent companies.
Director Lucinda Gleeson
Producer Jennifer Campbell
Set & Costume Designer Eliza McLean
Lighting Designer Richard Whitehouse
Sound Designer Shane Choi
Stage Manager/Operator Victor Areces
Dramaturg Erin Thomas
Photographer Ian Barry
Sean Barker, Lucy Miller, Jeremy Waters
Tues – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm
Full $30 | Concession $25 | Groups (10+) $25 | Previews (16 & 17 May @ 8pm) $15 | Student Rush $17
Cheap Tuesdays – “Pay What You Can” $10 minimum