Queensland Theatre Company has chosen to mount the Australian premiere of David Hare's Amy's View for the February/March season.
It is 1979. As the West End is ceasing to offer actors a regular way of life, Esme Allen, stage legend, is visited by her daughter, Amy, with a new boyfriend. The encounter sparks the beginning of an emotional and ideological struggle between mother and daughter that we follow through the eighties and nineties to its conclusion in the uncertain present.
Simon Phillips, director of this Australian premiere, said "I read the play and was hooked. Not because of the twist at the end, although that's a showstopper. Because here is a story which like the very best stories, grabs you by the heart, entangles you with its characters and won't put you down until you've followed their journeys to their bitter-sweet end."
Phillips continues, "Amy's View is an epic story on a domestic scale. It's a tragedy about near shallowness. . . a mother/daughter relationship wracked with love and pain, and the nature of creative expression (the arts, the theatre) and yes, even the state of the nation, all at once with only very occasional signs of strain. I love it for that, for the sheer skill of the writing, for the magnificent roles it offers actors, and the fact I really couldn't put it down. That doesn't happen very often."
Venue: Suncorp Theatre Season: February 24 - March 14. Bookings: International 61 7 3840 7024 Australia 07 3840 7021 or Freecall 1800 3555 28.