Speed the Plough
David Mamet’s extraordinary Hollywood satire comes to The Sydney Theatre Company.
By Benjamen Judd
Directed by Andrew Upton, (The Maids, Children of the Sun, Uncle Vanya) Speed the Plough stars Rose Byrne as Karen, Damon Herriman as Bobby Gould and Lachy Hulme as Charlie Fox – a trio of comedic talent that delivers a force majeure of a performance.
The premise of the play is legendary for it’s is biting look at the machinations of the Hollywood movie industry.
Film producers Bobby Gould (Herriman) and Charlie Fox (Hulme) came up together in the dog-eat-dog world of the American movie business. Today, Bobby is one step ahead and has the authority to green light a project of his choosing.
Charlie, however, has landed a sure-fire blockbuster with a star attached. Everything looks set for box office success – until a beguiling temporary secretary called Karen (Byrne) arrives with ideas of her own.
Will Karen convince Bobby to dump the blockbuster and do what she wants? But what does she want anyway? Is she an idealist or just another Hollywood player?
Reviews for Upton’s direction and the performances of Byrne and co-stars have been glowing, with early responses praising the pace and the unfolding of characters.
Speed the Plough will show at The Sydney Theatre Company until December 17. Speak to our wonderful concierge for assistance with ticketing and session times.
Pier 4, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay NSW 2000
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