POWERFUL WOMEN’S DRAMA IS FINAL PRODUCTION
ROUGH HEWN’S MORNING SACRIFICE FOR MANLY THEATRE 17-26 OCT
Lovelessness is a bitter pill to swallow
It's 1938, in the staffroom of Easthaven Girls' High School where nine women teachers negotiate a school day.
The system is claustrophobic to some, the standard to others. Underscoring it all is unhappiness.
For the loveless, the bitterness spews forth as jealousy, gossip and derision into classroom and staffroom alike.
The lovers are thwarted by the system. If you marry, you must resign, so the law would have it.
Morning Sacrifice is Dymphna Cusak's response to her years of dissatisfaction with teaching in the system of her time.
Directed by Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe’s inspirational company founder Geoff Cartwright - in this, its final production -
Morning Sacrifice stars Maxine Appel-Cohen, Maddie Boyle,
Evie McCutcheon, Sarah Metcalfe, Sarah Purdue,
Taylor Owynns, Jen Davidson, Meg Shooter & Olga Tamara.
At times hilariously funny but ultimately heartbreaking in its evocation of stymied love,
Morning Sacrifice plays Thurs-Sat October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 in The Star of the Sea Theatre, at the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly.
The 13-year-old northern Beaches-based theatre company has, since 2015,
devoted itself primarily to the work of women theatre practitioners – writers, directors and actors of all ages.
With its entirely female, local cast, Morning Sacrifice is a potent realisation of that philosophy.
It is also the Troupe’s final, fierce hurrah; Cartwright is moving on to other projects interstate. He says:
“I hope there will be another company on the Northern Beaches that might pursue Rough Hewn's
vital function of providing opportunities for women theatre practitioners to tell women's stories.”
Star of the Sea Theatre @ cnr Collingwood St & Illuka Ave, Manly
$30 / $15 conc.