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Dates: 28/03/1996 - 28/11/1996

Location: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House & national tour

by David Williamson

presented by Sydney Theatre Company - World Premiere

Old Derek Freeman Robin Ramsay*
Monica Freeman Jane Harders
Rick Cooper Henri Szeps
Margaret Mead Elizabeth Alexander
Young Derek Freeman Paul Goddard
Fofoa Marie-Louise Jolicoeur
Ruth Benedict Beth Daly
Franz Boas et al Peter Carroll
Fa'apua'a Tanya Byrne
Aviata Peter As'ena Brown
Director Wayne Harrison
Design John Senczuk
Lighting John Comeadow
Sound Paul Healy
Assistant Director Peter Evans
Choreographer Kim Walker

* Robin Ramsay replaced Simon Chilvers during previews

The Playhouse, Victorian Arts Centre - 20 July - 24 August, 1996


The design is stagewise and very clever visually. Costumes are often startling and complement much humorous stage business in the acting. The result is a show that all the audience enjoyed: people's faces were radiant as they clapped along witht he encore reprise ...
     Frank McKone, Canberra Times 14 June, 1996

Director Wayne Harrison pushes this 1960s theme with a pop-art set by Joh Senczuk, which might be a tough gaudy, even ungainly, but successful in its effect. The moving Escher-like bakdrops - from fish to birds to Qantas kangaroos - help explain the play's main observation: how artfully are beings transformed. ... the production looks good. It's a fun night, with the ideas cooked up in a storm of colour.
     James Waites, Sydney Morning Herald