Ask Audrey Ask Audrey
View:
Article
Article

Neighbourhood Watch

Lally Katz's comedy about hope, death and pets questions whether we really know what’s out there in the ‘burbs’.

Text size
Text size
Category: Theatre
Company: New Theatre
Book Now
Add to favourites

Neighbourhood Watch

Date: 3 Feb 2020

Ana is a battle hardened Hungarian-Australian veteran of the 20th century. Catherine is her neighbour: a 20-something aspiring actress waiting for a better world.

Can their unlikely friendship outlive the colossal forces of history, the inevitability of death, and a trip to the mall to see Mamma Mia?

Taking place in the year between Kevin Rudd’s election as Australian Prime Minister and Barack Obama’s as President of the United States, this wonderful play is a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding.

As their unlikely relationship develops, Catherine’s life is transformed by Ana’s stories of an almost forgotten world. Through her new friend’s eyes she witnesses the traumas of war, the desolation of the refugee experience, and the struggle of settling in a foreign land. The courage this gives her in dealing with her own past is Ana’s gift to her. In turn, Ana is granted one last great friendship at a time when the journey to her life’s end was looking to be a lonely one.

First seen at Belvoir in 2011, Lally Katz’s comedy about hope, death and pets takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary, questioning whether we really know what’s out there in the ‘burbs’.

Trudy Ritchie directs. Cathy Bates, Tim Breadmore, Colleen Cook, Joshua Horwitz, Gertraud Ingeborg, Stephen Lloyd-Coombs, Eloise Martin-Jones, Kelly Robinson, Harry Taylor, John Van Putten, Caitlin Williams and Tricia Youlden feature.

Content
Dance Nation
Add to favourites
TheatreBelvoir, Surry Hills, Sydney 14 Mar - 12 Apr 2020

Dance Nation

Somewhere in America, an army of teenage competitive dancers is plotting world domination. One routine at a time.

Hamlet
Add to favourites
TheatreThe Playhouse, Sydney Opera House 29 Feb - 4 Apr 2020

Hamlet

Peter Evans directs Harriet Gordon-Anderson in Shakespeare's depiction of grief at its most complex and profound.

Angry Fags
Add to favourites
Sydney Mardi Gras FestivalNew Theatre, Newtown, Sydney 4 Feb - 7 Mar 2020

Angry Fags

Written by Topher Payne, this subversive political satire pushes all the buttons and pulls all the triggers.

See More

More to see

View All
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Add to favourites
MusicalRiverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney 19 - 22 Mar 2020

Monty Python’s Spamalot

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table break out the coconuts for an East Coast tour.

Shepherd
Add to favourites
TheatreBelvoir Downstairs, Surry Hills, Sydney 19 Feb - 7 Mar 2020

Shepherd

Belvoir's third 25A season opens with an absurd play for these absurd times.

Short + Sweet 2020
Add to favourites
FestivalTom Mann Theatre, Surry Hills, Sydney 13 Feb - 26 Apr 2020

Short + Sweet 2020

The biggest little theatre festival in the world breezes into the Sydney summer scene with its 19th year of the popular 10x10 minute format.

The Deep Blue Sea
Add to favourites
TheatreRoslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, Sydney 4 Feb - 7 Mar 2020

The Deep Blue Sea

Marta Dusseldorp returns to the STC for Terence Rattigan's story of a woman who gambles everything for love.

Top