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Marta Dusseldorp and Anita Hegh feature in Australian playwright Anthony Weigh’s Like A Fishbone, as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s Next Stage program.

The production, directed by Tim Maddock, is a collaboration with Griffin Theatre Company following last year’s successful Wharf 2 co-production of Ross Mueller’s Concussion.

Performances are at Wharf 1 from July 16 to August 7.

In a small rural community an unspeakable crime has left its mark. Months later, in her studio many miles away, a successful architect (Marta Dusseldorp) is preparing to present her plans for a memorial to the tragedy when the unexpected arrival of a visitor, the mother of one of the victims (Anita Hegh), interrupts proceedings.

On this night two extraordinary women collide, waging a personal battle between religious faith and humanism, grief and commemoration – a battle of ideology that will change both of their lives.

Last year Marta Dusseldorp received a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Queen Margaret in Sydney Theatre Company’s The War of The Roses while Anita Hegh was acknowledged earlier this year with a Sydney Theatre Award for her performance in the Company’s The City by Martin Crimp. For Griffin, Hegh has performed in King Tide and The Emperor of Sydney.

Tim Maddock previously directed Soldiers, one of two plays by Daniel Keene comprising The Serpent’s Teeth for Sydney Theatre Company.

Playwright Anthony Weigh is also known to Sydney audiences as an actor and has performed in Sydney Theatre Company’s Julius Caesar, Hedda Gabler and Major Barbara.

Next Stage is Sydney Theatre Company’s artform development strand existing alongside the Company’s Main Stage, Back Stage and Education programs. Next Stage aims to offer different types of experiences for Sydney audiences, to develop new approaches to theatre and to collaborate with other companies and emerging artists.

Bookings: (02) 9250 1777.

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