Featuring : Graeme Rhodes as The Gent
Director : Goldele Rayment
Creative Producer : Robbi James
Sound Design : Tegan Nicholls
Lighting Design : Roderick Van Gelder
Salvation, Schizophrenia and The Gent
Part ghost, part protector “The Gent” is 221 years old and has been assigned to the other side of the planet to minister to Morgan, a young modern Sydneysider living with Schizophrenia. Shifting between families, centuries and hemispheres, Morgan Stern is an enthralling and ultimately uplifting one-man play exploring relationships, mental ill health and the search for internal peace. Its setting is a barely understood realm – the human mind.
This work has been deeply informed by the experience of AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) award-winning playwright Gina Schien’s own brother.
A moving monologue, directed by Goldele Rayment, Morgan Stern was described by critic Lisa Thatcher as: “A troubling, beautiful, uplifting ninety minutes that will leave you breathless”. Veteran actor Graeme Rhodes has been praised by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jason Blake for his “exceptional performance” as The Gent.
The production commands the audience’s attention throughout as the English Georgian gentleman slowly recovers heartbreaking memories of his daughter, whom he committed to the infamous Bethlem insane asylum. With these come a growing realisation that he must make amends and try to save Morgan from the same fate as his daughter.
Places, people and stories crystallise and dissolve throughout the performance, and the image of a one-eyed ornamental goldfish will come back to haunt you.
Prior to the play taking to the stageat C Primo for the the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival (and to help raise vital funds to be able to do so) Company of Rogues will present two special preview performances at Belvoir St Theatre (downstairs) on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2. All proceeds will go toward fundraising for what will be this emerging company’s debut Edinburgh season.
Company of Rogues invites those unable to attend the preview shows to support the production and international premiere by contributing via our indigogo crowdfunding campaign. Supporters donating on indiegogo are rewarded with discount tickets, a chance to hang with the creatives, lots of love on social media and maybe even an original piece of art!
Sydney preview performances at Belvoir St Theatre have now concluded.
It is due to the generosity of our friends, families, supporters and ticket holders that we are able to make theatre. We’d like to make special mention of those who have contributed to Morgan Stern’s Edinburgh tour anonymously and to the following individuals and organisations for their kind support…
VIP SPONSOR & Honorary Rogue
Ashfield Youth Theatre & Ashfield City Council Artist Xchange program
Shopfront Arts Co-op
Belvoir St Theatre
AND THE TALENTS OF
Chrissie Iannsen – Photography
Lara Hollowood – Costume Design