BROKEN will have a 2016 season at Darlinghurst Theatre from August 3-28, directed by Shannon Murphy: http://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/whats-on/broken
REVIEWS FOR THE DARWIN PRODUCTION OF BROKEN, 2015
“I left thrilled, challenged and horrified all at once…” – Crikey/Daily Review
Broken Synopsis “…emptiness is the beginning of all things…” – Broken entwines three disparate lives as they shatter across a single fateful night in the heart of Australia’s desert country.
Midnight. Central desert. A Troop-Carrier rolls through the bush, trapping its sole occupant – Ash – upside-down, inside the car. Ham – a local SES volunteer – comes across the accident. He CBs into Alice Springs for an ambulance and goes into emergency response: cutting Ash loose from the car, stabilising her, administering CPR.
In a house on a rural block outside Alice Springs, Mia is gripped by grinding stomach cramps; enough to bring a woman to her knees. She’s alone way out here, trying to hang on to the tiny life growing inside her.
Ash finally gasps her way back to life – broken, but intact. Ham waits for the ambulance to arrive and does what he’s trained to do: bandages her bleeding head, splints her broken leg, lights a fire to ward off the night. He keeps her talking, cracks bad jokes, takes her mind off herself. Makes her feel warm, and safe.
Mia hangs on to her baby with everything she’s got. If her husband were here, he’d know how to help. He’s trained for it. But he’s not here. And she has no idea where he is.
As a single fraught night unfolds, time shifts on its axis and three worlds collide: from the past to the present, and back again – scattering broken pieces of empty along the way.
Broken wrestles with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate, posing the question: When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?
Broken premiered at Browns Mart Theatre in March 2015 to a sold out season and critical acclaim, with the above reviews and audience feedback including:
A faultless piece of storytelling. Shows like this don’t come around very often so I really urge everyone to go and see this beautifully crafted performance. Just brilliant. Well done to all. – CJ Fraser-Bell
Congratulations on a stunning piece of theatre, folks. Thank you so much. Everybody go and see Broken! – Jessie Davis
Great last night performance of the amazing Broken by Mary Anne Butler. Mary Anne, your writing is an incisive dagger and you so nail it – “breath smelling of whiskey and sadness”. Now for the big screen. – Francine Chinn
I just went to this three hander… It was riveting, intense to the max, no props with great mood lighting. We are talking emotional, single person experiences that can happen in my NT. The kind of emotive speech that can bring you undone! I’m so happy I went. Exceptional work Mary Anne Butler, and all behind the scenes. – Denise Officer
Congratulations to everyone involved with this triumph! – Will Stubbs
It was absolutely brilliant. Mary Anne Butler, you’re amazing. – Pen Weaver
Cast and crew as follows:
Writer: Mary Anne Butler
Director: Gail Evans
Ash: Rosealee Pearson
Ham: Matt Edgerton
Mia: Ciella Williams
Dramaturgy: Chris Mead
Set Design: Kris Bird
Lighting Design: Sean Pardy
Sound Design: Angus Robson