Madness, burning cats, Mozart and a play within a play. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! But no matter what, the show must go on!
Louis Nowra’s 'Cosi', one of Australia’s most beloved comedic plays, will premiere for five nights at the Ponton Theatre, Charles Sturt University. 'Cosi' explores mental illness, politics, love, sex and freedom. Begging the question – What is normal?
It is 1971. Lewis (Gareth Thompson), a university graduate, is directing his first production at a mental institution in Melbourne. Faced with the challenge of bringing Mozart’s Opera, 'Cosi Fan Tutte' to life, he must work with a group of extraordinary characters, under unexpected circumstances. Through all of this, Lewis must navigate the boundaries between love, loyalty and trust to get this show on the road.
Images by Sophie Fitzgerald
Writer: Louis Nowra
Director: Dr Kate Smith
Cast (Main): Gareth Thompson, Jack Dodds, Abby Gallaway, Mitch Lourigan, Lucy King, Dylan Jones, Rachel Hibbins, Shelby Maree-Vooles, Kiara Martin, Gia-Mia Radice
Assistant Directors: Madeline Whittaker & Sophie Fitzgerald
Costume Designer: Kiara Martin
Set Designer: Dylan Jones, Shelby Maree-Vooles, Emma Farr
Lighting Designer: Rebecca Baillie
Sound Designer: Emma Farr
Stage Manager: Sienna Dillon
Production Manager: Naomi Soane
Assistant Stage Manager: Alexandra Moon
Marketing Coordinators: Jana Vass & Gia-Mia Radice
Helpers: Bethany O'Connor, Emily Hayes, Zoe Floyd