Director Kip Williams
Set Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer Clemence Williams
Video and Sound Designer David Bergman
Assistant Director Benjamin Sheen

Emma Harvie, Anita Hegh, Jay James-Moody, Brandon McClelland, Tara Morice, Sarah Peirse, Monica Sayers, Shari Sebbens, Nikki Shiels, Bruce Spence, Anthony Taufa

Produced by Sydney Theatre Company

Opened 9th November, 2018 at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House.

“Crucial is the on-stage camera work projecting intimate observations (David Bergman) so perfectly integrated into Nick Schlieper’s lighting design.” Martin Portus, Stage Whispers.

“The only notable addition to White’s original, aside from the double revolve (of which Williams is a master manipulator), is the director’s other penchant for live-operated cameras and projections (viz Suddenly Last Summer, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui); and these are employed here to great effect. While we’re accustomed to movies showing us the surface action, what the filming does in A Cheery Soul is the opposite: black and white close-ups of actors’ faces, with added imagery reveal subtexts and characters’ hidden lives (video and sound designer: David Bergman).” Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise.

“Kip Williams takes the helm, punctuates the live action with video to tap into the subconscious mind of Miss Docker and the people she encounters, giving the audience a cinematic view into their inner lives, their dreams and their nightmares.” Arts Review.

“Swelling the surrealism and creating half-remembered cinematic echoes, Williams uses live video almost as extensively as in his Arturo Ui, this time collaborating with Elizabeth Gadsby (sets) and David Bergman (video). Although distracting and intrusive in Act One, the videos brilliantly compound the weirdness and comedy thereafter, especially in the climactic church scene. “ John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

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