Queensland Theatre is bringing a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about spilled popcorn, unspoken passions and dusty projectors to QPAC.
It’s been the talk of New York and London, and now this hit production is coming to Brisbane courtesy of Melbourne ensemble Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre.
Directed by Nadia Tass (who also helmed Disgraced, another Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, at QPAC last year), The Flick is a meditation on life, love, longing and late nights.
The story follows young film buff Avery, who takes a minimum-wage job as an usher at a crumbling Massachusetts movie palace called The Flick.
Avery’s thirty-something colleague, Sam, seems resigned to a dead-end life of sweeping up stale popcorn and holding on to his unrequited love for Rose, the theatre’s achingly cool, free-spirited projectionist.
One late night blurs into another, and soon this trio of distinctly ordinary people bond over movie trivia, low-level embezzling and their shared ennui, as the play evolves into a funny and moving examination of the millions of tiny dramas that make up everyday life.
Appropriately enough, for a production being staged during the height of the movie awards season, The Flick highlights the proud tradition of film, and mourns what’s been lost in the transition to the digital age.
The seasoned cast includes LA-based Ben Prendergast (Predestination, Frontier, Offspring) as Sam, Kevin Hofbauer (Rush) as Avery, and National Theatre graduate Ngaire Dawn Fair (Rush, Neighbours, The Slap) as Rose.
Hailed as “astonishing” and “hypnotic” by The Guardian and “boldly original, hilarious, heartbreaking and hugely rewarding” by Mail On Sunday, The Flick is a must-see for both film and theatre buffs.
The Red Stitch’s Actors’ Theatre production of The Flick, presented by Queensland Theatre, plays at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre from Friday 10 February to Sunday 5 March. For more information and tickets, visit queenslandtheatre.com.au.