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The Sugar House

Kris McQuaid stars in Alana Valentine's new play, a story of work and corruption and how Australia went from working class to middle class.

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Company: Belvoir
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The Sugar House

Date: 19 Apr 2018

Narelle is Sydney born and bred but recently she’s struggling to feel like she belongs.

Something keeps bringing her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June, who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline.

Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family bedrock, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle can’t fix the past, but maybe she can fix the future.

From playwright Alana Valentine, a story of work and corruption, family and social change and how Australia went from working class to middle class.

Kris McQuade stars alongside Sheridan Harbridge, Sacha Horler, Lex Marinos, Josh McConville and Nikki Shiels.

Sarah Goodes directs and says she has noticed some changes in Sydney since she left to work for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2016.

“Parts of Sydney are just evaporating. It’s just so here today, gone tomorrow. What is going to be left? What will we remember? Everyone seems to be talking about leaving Sydney and not being able to live here anymore and not feeling like they belong here anymore. It’s great that Alana has written a piece that responds to that in a way that’s personal and political. These are the kinds of stories that are important for us now.”

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