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Speaking In Tongues


Tue 10 Sep 2013, 7:00pm
Wed 11 Sep 2013, 8:00pm
Thu 12 Sep 2013, 8:00pm
Fri 13 Sep 2013, 8:00pm
Sat 14 Sep 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R16


Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Silo is all set to play dangerous games of deceit and desire, as they return to the work of one of Australia’s most celebrated writers and the creative mind behind their incredible 2010 production of When the rain stops falling. Playwright Andrew Bovell seduces audiences with the classic psychological thriller Speaking In Tongues, playing at the Herald Theatre from August 15th.

Nine parallel lives interlocked by three infidelities, one missing person and a missing stiletto. Two couples set out to betray their partners…A lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone. A woman disappears and a neighbour is the prime suspect. Contracts are broken between intimates and powerful bonds are formed between strangers. How far would you go to feel something?

Inspired by the work of legendary filmmaker Robert Altman, Bovell’s work employs a playful and highly inventive structure where content, form and seemingly unrelated narrative demonstrate the strangled communication between men and women. Characters speak the same dialogue but can’t access what is being really said, as nine lives are flung into a complex web of contemporary relationships.

Speaking In Tongues is now hailed as a contemporary classic, having made a significant impact on Australian culture. It was transformed into the multi-award winning hit film Lantana with Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey and Anthony LaPaglia, which went on to win 34 awards internationally in 2001.

Bovell is one of Australia’s most prolific writers. In an illustrious career, he has received the Australian Writers Guild Award on nine separate occasions, penned the screenplays for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom and the forthcoming A Most Wanted Man with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe. His adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River was the hit of the 2013 Sydney Festival.

Artistic Director Shane Bosher has cast a quartet of Auckland’s greatest talent for this new addition to Silo’s 2013 programme; artists who have over time become synonymous with the Silo personality:

Oliver Driver who returns to the stage after a four-year hiatus away directing Shortland Street
Stephen Lovatt recently onscreen in Harry and to be seen in Gaylene Preston’s forthcoming Hope & Wire
Alison Bruce recently onscreen in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake and The Almighty Johnsons
Luanne Gordon returning to NZ following a stint working in the UK in television productions such as Shameless

Told with his inimitable, visually arresting style, Bosher’s production promises to be a provocative, evocative mystery of fate, chance and consequence.

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