Constellations Connect the Capital
When: 15 - 29 July 2017
Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra City West
Cost: $35 - $45
From July 15 – 29 Canberra gets the chance to experience the astonishing play written by young British playwright Nick Payne that has taken the theatre world by storm since it opened in London in 2012, and Broadway two years later. “The staging of Constellations at The Street gives our early career artists a tremendous opportunity to creatively respond to this ingenious, witty, and intellectually searching work,” says director Caroline Stacey.
As a newcomer in the growing number of dramatists and theatre companies turning to science for imagination, Harold Pinter Award winner Nick Payne wraps science in romance giving audiences a moving play with two actors and lots of room for imagination. Marianne and Roland are polar opposites. A sophisticated quantum physicist and an easy going beekeeper. String theory, parallel universes and Sliding Doors moments set the scene for this quirky and charming romance of endless invention. Every moment that they share together from first encounter on is played out in an ensemble of universes.
Nick Payne wrote the play at 26 years of age dramatically changing the course of his own career. A young artist’s career can take many unexpected turns as he and Canberra-based actor Lexi Sekuless would agree. Since returning to Australia from London where she studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, learning from some of the UK’s top tutors, and performing roles such as Lady Anne in Richard III at The Globe, Lexi Sekuless steps into the role of Marianne in Payne’s Constellations. Kristian Jenkins debuts at The Street opposite Lexi as love interest Roland, bringing stage and film credits from London to Los Angeles , including National Theatre Wales, SOHO Theatre London, Actors Co-op LA, and playing Macbeth for Welsh company Sherman Theatre. Film work includes Sean in Spinx: Genisis, and Frank in award-winning indie flick Stealing Elvis (UK).
Artistic Director Caroline Stacey working with set and costume designer Imogen Keen excitedly welcome up and coming Canberra theatre designers, Owen Horton (lighting) and Kyle Sheedy (sound) in their first professional engagements at The Street.
Around the globe, Constellations has had different directors, different stage designs and different actors, including well-known stars Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhall on Broadway. What will remain the same at The Street is that a story of one couple will unfold through multiple and differing stories between two lovers – sometimes never getting past an awkward hello.
Bookings: (02) 6247 1223 or www.thestreet.org.au