A Cheery Soul A Cheery Soul
Sydney Theatre Company
Sydney Opera House - Drama Theatre
5 Nov 2018 to 15 Dec 2018
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Tickets - TBC
Duration - 3hrs (including interval)


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Synopsis
Sydney Theatre Company presents
A CHEERY SOUL
By Patrick White

When do-gooders go bad

Patrick White, the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a towering figure in our culture. Of his plays, A Cheery Soul was White’s own favourite. It’s a fascinating work, mixing a satirical view of Australian society with an expressionistic form, poetic language and characters that are as hilarious and grotesque as they are uncannily familiar.

Returning to his imagined every-suburb of Sarsaparilla, White introduces us to one of his most memorable characters, Miss Docker, who embodies what the writer termed “the destructive power of good.” The prototypical Aussie busy-body, Miss Docker’s story leads her in a series of increasingly surreal acts from the home of the Custances to the local nursing home, the church, and finally to the isolated grounds of the crematorium. White’s acidic insights into the nation’s soul are as funny and telling now as they were upon the play’s d ...more
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