Lally Katz's Smashed to play Sydney

In 2005, Lally Katz’s play Smashed made its debut in Melbourne and now the original Smashed team reunites to bring the show to Sydney.

In 2005, Lally Katz’s play Smashed made its debut in Melbourne and now the original Smashed team reunites to bring the show to Sydney. In September, Smashed will premiere in Sydney at SWB Stables Theatre, as a part of the Griffin Independent Season 2011.  The show is the fifth collaboration between Lally Katz and director Clare Watson, and was developed with actors Suzannah McDonald & Katherine Tonkin, based on an idea about the long-term friendship of two girls.  ‘Besties’ Ruby and Hazel are on the verge of adulthood: the future is bright & the past is a disco blur. With impossible high heels stalking through black holes, diva hair and a map to anywhere, these girls know how to play dress-up and how to make believe.
Smashed enjoys a delicate and unstable blend of humour and tragedy with an episodic script by Katz. Shifting through time, space and imagination with a confounding fluidity, the performance adopts an almost filmic means of moving between scenes and genres.  Playwright Lally Katz is well known and celebrated for her unique writing style and vivid imagination. Her play Neighbourhood Watch is currently showing at Belvoir Street Theatre (see’s review here), and another of her works, Return To Earth, will premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company later this year. 
“Smashed is a remarkable evocation of childhood on the brink of adulthood, and it recreates the rituals of adolescence, seemingly so trivial, with a sense of their precious value. This magical show is bound to sell out.” – The Age Concept and Director: Clare WatsonCast: Suzannah McDonald & Katherine Tonkin  Composer and Sound Designer: Kelly RyallLighting Designer: Richard VabreSet Design: Rob Miller

Season: 10 September – 1 OctoberPerformance Times: Monday – Saturday, 7pmMatinee: 1 October, 2pmVenue: SBW Stables Theatre (10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross) Prices: Full $30; Seniors $26;Concession/Preview/Matinee $23;Group$26; Under 30 $26 (Monday-Thursday) A video about Griffin’s Independent Season 2011

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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