Stories Like These and ATYP Under The Wharf present


by Marius Von Mayenburg
translated by Maja Zade

1 – 17 August 2013

Whoever gets close, gets burned.

There’s something going on with Kurt and Olga.

Kurt loves Olga. Olga loves Kurt. They want to be together forever, without ever having to grow up and become like Mum and Dad. They’re just normal siblings trying to escape the endless humiliation of being a teenager.

But when Olga meets her first boyfriend, Kurt’s obsession turns to anger and his dangerous hobby threatens to burn their world to the ground.

This family is about to explode.

Marius Von Mayenburg (The Ugly One, Moving Target, Schaubühne’s Hamlet), one of Germany’s most exciting playwrights, delves deep behind the façade of the family home to reveal a world filled with sexual desire, violent liberation and destruction.

Ryan Bennett
Darcy Brown
Darcie Irwin-Simpson
James Lugton
Lucy Miller

Director  Luke Rogers
Set and Costume Designer  Lucilla Smith
Lighting Designer  Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer and Composer  Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager  Angharad Lindley
Producer  Peter Gahan

Production Photos by Phyllis Wong

★★★★ ½ – Arts Hub

“7/10… Engrossing… excellent design… strong performances” Sun Herald

Fireface is a beautifully rich play, and this production is brilliant. The performances are superb and director Luke Rogers’ staging is a joy to watch”Theatre Red

“Challenging and dark… powerfully staged, and at times dreadfully frightening… imbues Marius von Mayenburg’s play with tremendous depth, and cliché or not, it is literally on fire”Alternative Media Group

“Rogers manages to keep the tension building. Simply staged… [he] puts the focus firmly on the performances. The cast of five are all convincing… Fireface is certainly unsettling and sends you home pondering what you’ve just seen.”Jo Litson

“All the performances are excellent… This is such a professional piece… intelligent direction… compelling…totally engrossing. Thumbs up!”Oz Baby Boomers

“A lingering portrait of domestic despair” Sydney Morning Herald

Fireface is powerful and thought-provoking… This is a strong cast… Together with Rogers, the work they have created here is intellectually demanding, and an artful triumph.”SuzyGoesSee

Fireface touches a deep chord in our fragility and provokes curiosity about human behaviour” Sydney Arts Guide

1 – 17 August 2013

Preview 1 August
Tues 6.30pm, Wed – Fri 7.30pm
Sat 2pm & 7.30pm, Sun 5pm

100 minutes – no interval

$32.50 / $25 / $20

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Australian Theatre for Young People
ATYP Studio 1 – The Wharf
Pier 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

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