Ensemble Theatre

TWO

Written by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Mark Kilmurry


Jim Cartwright’s Two is a timeless classic – a much-loved two-hander that famously includes fourteen diverse characters. Kilmurry’s version, skillfully adapted for Australian audiences and set in a typical country pub, features two consummate actors who are up for the challenge: sit back and get ready to meet the locals. You’re in for a roller coaster ride.

Meegan is comedy gold…strong stuff beautifully performed…two exceptional actors…very fine and dazzlingly versatile.

Two is an audience hit. Presented at Ensemble Theatre in March 2017, Jim Cartwright’s classic comedy is deftly and joyously brought to life by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

Set in a country pub, the lives of our middle-aged, landlord and landlady couple have literally become their work. They met as children outside the pub, were engaged in the pub, had their wedding reception in the pub, and eventually bought the pub. Over the years they have served every type - and you're about to meet them. They all have their own story to tell.

As various members of the local community pull up a stool and let us into their lives it becomes clear that Two is essentially about relationships, and as they bicker their way through the night, none on display is more fascinating than that of our landlord and landlady. How will their story end?

Ensemble Theatre is the longest continuously running professional theatre in Australia, celebrating 60 years of continuous operation in 2018. Their extensive history of touring productions include the 20-venue tour of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in 2007 which won a Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production, and David Williamson's plays Flatfoot, A Conversation and Face to Face to regional NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

The 2019 tour of Two sees Ensemble Theatre return to stages around the country with a quintessentially Ensemble work - high quality, accessible and entertaining.


FROM THE DIRECTOR

I love Jim Cartwright's work and when I saw this work with its original cast in 1989 I remember the joy and the shock of the play and how real yet funny and universal it was - and how well it would transfer to an Australian setting. When we had a Q&A during the Ensemble run someone asked if the writer had been to his local pub to research it - his local pub being country NSW. With these assortment of characters we see life’s challenges, we feel frustration, boredom, love, longing and even death. Yet instead of a numbing grim play we get a celebration in comedy of what it is to be human.
Mark Kilmurry


reviews

“Actors Brian Meegan and Kate Raison are both excellent, playing diverse characters with precise timing and considerable nuance”
Jack Teiwes, Australian Stage Online full review

“Warmly comic…character portraits are sharp…”
Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald full review

“Director Mark Kilmurry has chosen well in casting real life husband and wife"
Sydney Arts Guide

Touring

February 2019 - April 2019


CREDITS

Director Mark Kilmurry
Designer Alicia Clements
Lighting designer Matthew Marshall
Sound designer Neil Mclean
Cast Brian Meegan and Kate Raison


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
02 9699 7133
touring@artsontour.com.au