Bringing together a classic trio of misfits, this surprising and poignant comedy is brimming with heart, humour and song.

“This charming little play proves a winner” Stage Whispers

Overview

Australian premiere

Sister Winnie’s no ordinary nun. She’s feisty, irreverent and has a soft spot for a pint of Guinness. Her front room is a haven for socially awkward Stephen, who shares her passion for folk music. Their world is suddenly shattered – literally – when wayward and rebellious Kayleigh throws a brick through the window, bringing chaos into their lives. Each of them is keeping a secret and as confidences are shared, ever-optimistic Winnie concocts a harebrained scheme to help her friends unleash their creative talent on the world.

From the writer of THE KITCHEN SINK, Tom Wells’ funny and moving play brings together a classic trio of misfits with heart, humour and song. With Libby Asciak, Gerard Carroll and Genevieve Lemon (WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), don’t miss this surprising and poignant tale.

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28 May 2019 11:00 am
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Seniors$70$75
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Reviews

"Crammed with flashes of humour, finely observed nuances of character and moments of poignant interaction" Sydney Morning Herald

"If you want a bit of a rest from the hurly-burly of Sydney... with an occasional chuckle and lump in your throat – Folk is for you." Stage Noise

“A simple story of faith, loneliness, unlikely friendships and the healing power of music” Sydney Arts Guide

“This charming little play proves a winner" Stage Whispers

★★★★ “An excellent play and a highly watchable piece” State of the art State of the Art

Cast & Creatives
Tom Wells

Tom Wells

Playwright

Terence O’Connell

Terence O’Connell

Director

Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor

Assistant Director

Libby Asciak

Libby Asciak

Cast

Gerard Carroll

Gerard Carroll

Cast

Genevieve Lemon

Genevieve Lemon

Cast

Hugh O’Connor

Hugh O’Connor

Set and Costume Designer

Trent Suidgeest

Trent Suidgeest

Lighting Designer

Erin Shaw

Erin Shaw

Stage Manager

Renata Beslik

Renata Beslik

Costume Supervisor

Amy Hume

Amy Hume

Dialect Coach

Director's Note

A few years back, I was lucky enough to direct THE KITCHEN SINK for Red Stitch in Melbourne and became an instant Tom Wells fan. Most of Tom’s funny, tender plays are set in Withernsea, his home town, and he as peopled its East Yorkshire landscape with a collection of unique, memorable characters including a teenage girl searching for aliens, a forlorn milkman who can’t move with the times, a gay five-a-side football team and, in FOLK, a smoking, drinking, singing Irish nun. Music, and its transformative possibilities, is a vital ingredient in his work: in BROKEN BISCUITS, three teen geeks form a band; in THE KITCHEN SINK, the aspiring artist son is a Dolly Parton fanboy; in DRIP, a shy outsider presents a one man musical to his school assembly; and FOLK floats it’s plot on a collection of great Irish traditional songs. His plays are about families and friendship and, usually, how his ‘slightly broken’ characters find both. It’s been a great privilege to be part of the Ensemble family and to work with such a great team to bring Tom Wells’ latest Withernsea story to you.

Terence O’Connell – Director

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Our downloadable program is filled to the brim with FOLK info! Check out Tom Wells’ insightful writer’s note, synopsis, photos and more.

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