Metro Arts 2011 Allies Program
Love is a Battlefield. Armour Up.
It’s the Year of the Rabbit. Bella is turning 29. Only 4 of her 437 Facebook friends have shown up to her party. And one’s a ring-in. The guest list includes an ex-boyfriend who’s an emotional bully and a bunch of mates who don’t know her biggest secret…
Over one booze-fuelled night, the Birthday Girl must bid farewell to the break-ups and breakdowns of her hedonistic youth. On the brink of her 30s (F$&K!): the glitter’s lost its sparkle, responsibility beckons, mortality looms. For Bella, it’s time to grow up.
When your 20s catches up with you, when you can no longer run away from the decisions you’ve made, the relationships you’ve broken and the love you’ve neglected: what do you hold on to? Who’s going to hang around to pick through the wreckage? And how do you find the strength to face the morning-after the decade-before?
Sex, death, love and home-truths make for a killer cocktail of acidic one-liners and high-stakes conversation. Shit is about to get real. And you are invited.
‘The Good Room’s Rabbit is a sharp, witty, fast-paced interpretation that draws terrific performances from the cast of six, who are just about perfect for their roles. They are as slick and excellent an ensemble as you could want…
Yes, Bella’s Friends are all a whiny, self-indulgent, privileged bunch and, at times, as nasty as they come; with cynical friends like these etc. At times you want to slap them all in turn and, sometimes, all at once. I went for an interval drink (YES!! THERE IS AN INTERVAL!! AMAZE!!) loathing the lot of them but, as Raine develops the play throughout the second act, we experience its real strength – the development of characters whose directness and brutal honesty are, perhaps, their saving grace. You actually do end up ‘caring’ for them – and I count this as one of the markers of a good play/production.’
KATE FOY – GREEN ROOM
‘A multifaceted fire cracker of a script, innovatively and beautifully directed, with beautiful performances from a ridiculously talented ensemble.’
‘The Good Room has done it again: relevant, beautifully acted theatre for the often overlooked Gen Y.’
HELEN STRINGER – TIME OFF
‘Real, dynamic, purposeful and edgy … real and cruel and recognisable … a superb production and if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, it may just be the finest piece of theatre you’ll see in Brisbane this year.’
XANTHE COWARD – BRIZTIX
‘Boozy revelations, emotional realisations, uncomfortable reflections – Rabbit doesn’t hold back… on anything … A rollercoaster ride to the dark side of growing up. The six person cast, lead by the unflinching Amy Ingram in the title role of Bella, are superb – subtle yet scathing, rollicking and boisterous, sharing an ease that implies many years of friendship.’
MAJELLA McMAHON – SCENE MAGAZINE
‘Rabbit is a funny show, but also heartbreaking, particularly because you feel you know the characters. The ending’s subtlety and honesty had me reeling for days.’
CATE GILPIN – CONCRETE PLAYGROUND
‘This is one birthday party you don’t want to miss. Director Daniel Evans deftly offsets the play’s darker moments, while the ensemble revel in every quirk, contradiction and character flaw.’
CAMERON PEGG – THE AUSTRALIAN