In award-winning playwright Hilary Bell’s SUMMER OF HAROLD, the transformative power of everyday objects threads through three cracking comedic plays about adventure, obsession and hope.

Overview

WORLD PREMIERE

In award-winning playwright Hilary Bell’s SUMMER OF HAROLD, the transformative power of everyday objects threads through three cracking comedic plays about adventure, obsession and hope.

SUMMER OF HAROLD. Memories of 1984. London. Phil Collins on MTV. Cassette tapes. Janet and her backpacking mate Alison take a summer job as inexperienced housekeepers with the 20th century’s foremost British playwright, Harold Pinter. Will the summer of ‘84 be a triumph or end in disaster within the fastidious atmosphere of the Pinter household?

In ENFANT TERRIBLE Gareth, obsessed with his rival ceramicist, reflects on an evening of bitterness, triumph and discovery. A brash decision forces him to question whether or not he’s badly misjudged the night…

As the enchanting Blue Mountains expand before Jonathan and Rae, they take a last moment to connect before making some life-changing decisions. Is it time to let go or is there more to their view in LOOKOUT?

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Reviews

★★★★ "Ninety absorbing, unpredictable minutes of performance and writing. Recommended without hesitation." Stage Noise

"the trilogy bulges with intelligence, heart and skill." SMH

“Schwerdt bounds onto the stage with an electric energy and makes it his own, enrapturing all of the audience before he even says a line” Scribbles of Stage and Screen

"So what do the three pieces have in common? They’re all told with a captivating humour. They’re all superbly performed. And they’re all tightly constructed; each is like a little mousetrap (though without the ghastly consequences.)" Theatre Red

"Summer of Harold, Enfant Terrible and Lookout are beautiful vignettes of life, showcasing two excellent actors and Bell’s power of storytelling." Cultural Binge

"Bell’s depictions of humanity are certainly truthful, often with a gentle humour that makes her storytelling charming and resonant." Suzy Goes See

“a memorable return visit to the Ensemble” Stage Whispers

Cast & Creatives
Hilary Bell

Hilary Bell

Playwright
Francesca Savige

Francesca Savige

Director

Francesca holds two degrees in Theatre and Acting from QUT Brisbane, and furthered training at RADA London (Shakespeare), and Shakespeare & Company in the US. In 2015 she received a Globe International Actors Fellowship to train at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Frankie has pursued directing alongside her acting career since graduating. Experience includes directing SUCH SWEET SORROW for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors at Work; assistant directing ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, OTHELLO (Sport For Jove); CYMBELINE (Queensland University of Technology) and co-writing and directing Sport For Jove’s youth theatre program THE SECOND AGE PROJECT (2013, 2014 & 2016) as part of their summer outdoor season. A 2010 Churchill Fellow, Frankie travelled to Grahamstown, South Africa to co-direct ROMEO AND JULIET for Ubom Theatre Company, and toured the production nationally to Schools Festivals. As an actor, Francesca has worked with Sport for Jove, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin, Parramatta Riverside and  the Old Fitz. Frankie is a member of Equity and the proud recipient of a Sandra Bates Director’s Award for 2017.

Jane Fitzgerald

Jane Fitzgerald

Dramaturg

Jane is a freelance Sydney dramaturg. Recent work includes THE BIG DRY by Mark Kilmurry (co-production Ensemble and ATYP) and M.ROCK (coproduction ATYP and Sydney Theatre Company). She is one of Ensemble Theatre’s Literary Co-ordinators (shared position). For ATYP she has been a Mentor/Dramaturg for the Fresh Ink writers’ program and at the National Studio, and she has worked on National Script Workshops for Playwriting Australia. For Sydney Theatre Company she has worked as Literary Manager, Artistic Associate and Administrator of the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award as well as Dramaturg on mainstage productions including THE HERBAL BED, VOLPONE and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. She was also a dramaturg on STC’s Blueprints new writers’ program and has worked as a script reader for the Royal Court London, ANPC, Playworks and STC Young Playwrights’ Award. She also works as a Mentor with Year 12 students on HSC creative writing projects.

Berynn Schwerdt

Berynn Schwerdt

Cast
Hannah Waterman

Hannah Waterman

Cast

Hannah began her career with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and went onto star in a wide variety of British television shows including TESS OF THE D’URBEVILLES, PEAK PRACTICE, DANGERFIELD and three shows for LYNDA LA PLANTE. In 2000 she joined the cast of the British soap opera EASTENDERS where she remained for four and a half years appearing in over four hundred episodes. From 2004 Hannah was touring the UK and appearing in the WEST END with a variety of shows including: CALENDAR GIRLS (tour and West End), TOM, DICK AND HARRY (West End), STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (tour), THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (London and Tour), SOAP at Ayckbourn’s theatre The Stephen Joseph and most recently as Beverly in ABIGAIL’S PARTY (Lindsey Posner/Tom Attenborough). She continued to work in television with recurring roles in DOCTORS (BBC) and NEW TRICKS (BBC). Played the lead in the feature film PATIENT 17 and COME FLY WITH ME for the BBC. She has also regularly featured on BBC Radio Drama. Since arriving in Australia in 2013 she has toured with her partner Huw Higginson in LOVE LETTERS, appeared in THE WHALE (Old Fitz), MR STINK (CDP) at Sydney Opera House and made her musical theatre debut in SIDESHOW (The Hayes), and this year she appeared as Julie in Sydney Theatre Company’s’ production of TALK by Jonathan Biggins. Next year she is thrilled to be tackling THE ALMIGHTY SOMETHING, a new Australian work at The Griffin directed by Lee Lewis. Hannah is delighted to be making her debut at Ensemble Theatre with this beautiful play.

Jeremy Allen

Jeremy Allen

Set & Costume Designer
Matt Cox

Matt Cox

Lighting Designer

 

 

Mary Rapp

Mary Rapp

Sound Designer
Linda Nicholls-Gidley

Linda Nicholls-Gidley

Dialect Coach
Erin Shaw

Erin Shaw

Stage Manager

Graduating from the Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at NIDA in 2016, Erin has previously worked in the industry as a dresser on GIRL ASLEEP (Belvoir, 2016); stage manager on LITTLE BORDERS (The 505, 2017), MOTH (ATYP, 2017), and LOVE, ME (The 505, 2018); and assistant stage manager on DIPLOMACY (Ensemble Theatre, 2018) and BLISS (Belvoir, 2018).

Erin feels privileged to have worked with such an incredible team on this production and looks forward to the season.

Mia Kanzaki

Mia Kanzaki

Assistant Stage Manager
Renata Beslik

Renata Beslik

Costume Supervisor
Special performances

Audio Described

  • Thu 28 Sep 11am
  • Sat 30 Sep 2pm

Tactile Tours are available 1 hour prior to Audio Described performances, please contact the Box Office to book.

Q&A Session

  • Sat 16 Sep 8.15pm
  • Thu 5 Oct 11am

Free Teen

  • Fri 6 Oct 6.15pm

Director at Work Session (with Francesca Savige)

Production Photos
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