Biography: A Game

Thursday, 4 August 2016 to Saturday, 20 August 2016

 What if you could change your life from any point you choose? Award winning writer Max Frisch (Neustadt International Prize for Literature 1986) shows both the comic and tragic outcomes of our choices that define all our lives.  In this play, a middle-aged behavioural researcher Kürmann is given the opportunity to start his life over at any point he chooses and change his decisions and actions in matters both serious and mundane.  He could save his marriage, become politically active, take better care of his health, or even change the colour of his living-room furniture.   Despite his intention to apply the wisdom he has acquired with age, will Kürmann find himself trapped in the same decisions?    Kürmann’s life game interrogates how much of our own path is shaped by seemingly random factors and how much is in fact predetermined by our own limited, conditioned selves. This is the central question of this play, which is brilliantly captured in Biography’s dramaturgical form, in which a theatre rehearsal is set up as the metaphor for the endless possibilities and variables of the game of life.

The ideas of choice, free will and consequences that are explored in "Biography: A Game" will keep you talking long after you have left the theatre.

“Twists and turns superbly executed in Biography: A Game. Joh Hartog directs a small ensemble with insight and precision. The biography in question is that of Hannes Kürmann, whose attempt to chronicle his life, particularly one key encounter, in the way that suits him best takes unexpected twists and turns.. Change a single element of that event, and the outcome might be entirely different.
Peter Burdon - The Advertiser
Patrick Clements begins as a non-descript male assistant only to suddenly upstage everyone in a stellar array of well-defined characters, each so very different from the last. What a masterful performance! Director Joh Hartog turns the challenging script into an enjoyable comedy/drama with a very satisfying payoff.
Rod Lewis - Glam Adelaide
"...a theatrical treat that anchors thought-provoking dialogue with a satisfyingly intelligent story. There is light relief, flashes of comedic delight but there is also sinister undertone lurking not far beneath the surface."
Stephen Davenport - Australian Stage On-line


Adults $30; Conc $25; TREv $25; Groups (6+) $25, School students $18
2 hours plus interval

WRITTEN BY:  Max Frisch  (winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature 1986)
TRANSLATED BY: Birgit Schreyer Duarte
FEATURING:  Tim Lucas, Krystal Brock, Adam Carter, Patrick Clements, Lisa Harper Campbell.
PHOTOGRAPY BY: Michael Errey


Thursday, 4 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Friday, 5 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Opening night: 
Saturday, 6 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Friday, 12 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Friday, 19 August 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 8:00pm

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