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Closer - A play by Patrick Marber

Closer - A play by Patrick Marber

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  • Thu 10 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Fri 11 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Sat 12 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Sun 13 May ’12, 5:00pm – 7:15pm
  • Wed 16 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Thu 17 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Fri 18 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Sat 19 May ’12, 8:00pm – 10:15pm
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TheatreWorks, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead



Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $26.00
  • Seniors: $22.00
  • Students: $22.00
  • Group Tickets: $22.00

Four strangers meet, fall in love and tear each other apart...

This May, Shoreside Theatre brings a contemporary masterpiece to the stage – Closer, a searingly honest look at modern relationships, has been entertaining, arresting and challenging audiences worldwide since the 90's and is now set to come to Theatreworks in Birkenhead.

Bristling with quickfire dialogue and incisive wit, and punctuated with moments of hilarity, Closer gets under its audience’s skin and shines an unflinching light on the hard facts of love, sex and truth.
James Bell, veteran of many Shoreside Theatre summer Shakespeare productions and Closer's director, says "This is a play that I've been wanting to direct for years – it's funny, thought-provoking, tragic... and it's got incredible human drama."

Closer has been performed on stage all around the world to great acclaim and in 2004 was made into a film; featuring Oscar nominated performances from Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.

Bringing the role of Alice, enigmatic lost soul and self confessed waif, to life for Shoreside Theatre is Caroline Phillips of Mairangi Bay. Caroline says of Closer, "I saw the movie a few years ago, and it really affected me. I think everyone can see a little bit of themselves in each of the characters – that's what makes it such a powerful story. I feel really lucky to be part of this."

Closer delves fearlessly and with uncharacteristic candour into the messy realities of adult relationships, and has been described as “not for the emotionally squeamish”. The language used is brutal and explicit, reflecting both the intimacy and ruthlessness of verbal close combat.

The often savage emotions in Closer are offset though by the impish humour that continues to surface throughout the play, and by a gracefully simple framework that brings each of the characters almost full circle. Patrick Marber, the author of Closer, said of the play's construction, "The idea was always to create something that has a formal beauty into which you could shove all this anger and fury. I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure and inelegant emotion."

Matching the simplicity of the play's structure is the minimalist nature of the set – locations are represented by sometimes no more than a single piece of furniture – allowing the audience to focus more fully on the interpersonal drama unfolding before them.

Regarding the performance venue for this production of Closer, James Bell says, "It's perfect for this play – Theatreworks provides a really intimate setting, which allows the audience to experience up close all the emotion and drama, and catch all those little moments that could get lost in a large theatre."

Shoreside Theatre's Closer is onstage at Theatreworks Birkenhead from May 10th-19th – join these four uncomfortably recognizable characters as they struggle to find love, security and purpose, and discover that the truth brings no one closer.

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