2019 – Cosi

A terrific play about madness, illusion, sanity… and theatre.

What happens when you take a manic depressive, junkie, mute, overeater, doped-up musician, obsessive compulsive and pyromaniac and try to get them to perform a Mozart opera?

The answer is Cosi, the popular Australian play by Louis Nowra.

Set in a psychiatric institution institution in 1971, Cosi follows fresh-faced university graduate Lewis, who is contracted to put on a play with some of the patients. He becomes emotionally involved with his patients-cum-actors as his production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte lurches forward and anti-Vietnam protests rage outside.

Simon Corvan and Kathleen Yorston.

Lewis – Aaron Watson
Roy – Charles Langford
Julie – Lauren Flood
Cherry – Leisa Bye
Ruth – Vivien Whittle
Henry – Damian Smith
Doug – Daniel Coster
Zac – Brendan James
Nick – Akiwa Cavanagh
Justin – Robert Connaughton
Lucy – Rhiannon Said

Louis Nowra’s semi-autobiographical play, Così is a touching yet biting portrayal of human relationships in a Melbourne mental institution ostracised by society.

Performed 14 – 29 June 2019.