Audiences will be delighted by the absurd comedy and touching humanity of Couch Potato, wit incorporated’s first show for 2016.
wit incorporated Company Manager Jennifer Piper features in the Australian premiere of Hayley Lawson-Smith’s hilarious take on what makes us tick and how we deal with the unexpected. Directed by wit incorporated Artistic Director Belinda Campbell, and featuring some of Melbourne’s finest independent theatre actors, Couch Potato opens at Bluestone Church Arts Space on Friday 12 February at 8pm.
Thanks to support from the City of Maribyrnong Community Grants Program, local residents can even score themselves free tickets to the preview performance on Thursday 11 February. Ms Piper says locals only need to email wit incorporated(email@example.com) to claim their free tickets.
“We're really looking forward to welcoming locals to our preview show,” she says. “We love living here and we love contributing to the awesome lifestyle we enjoy in the west. Theatre is a fun night out and is something everyone can enjoy.”
Set in a Footscray living room in 1998, Robert Hazlehurst (Mark Salvestro) lives in a holding pattern. He never moved out of home, and nothing has changed since his mother died. His life is organised by his sister, Lisa (Jennifer Piper), and his best mate Lorrie (Luke Styles).
The one day The Girl (Jessica Lawrence) appears. On the couch. Asleep.
Nobody is really sure why she’s there, because she doesn’t wake up, but everyone is trying to figure out how to keep their balance in this very unbalanced situation.
“This story is heart-warming, heart-breaking, and bizarre,” says director Belinda Campbell. “The chaos of three people trying to navigate each other, while always trying to keep their cool, makes for a series of hilarious moments. This show will have you in stitches.”
This is a strictly limited season, so book early to avoid disappointment.
10 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
- Opening Night: Friday 12 February at 8pm
- Saturday 13 February 8pm
- Sunday 14 February 1pm
- Thursday 18 February 8pm
- Friday 19 February 8pm
- Saturday 20 February 8pm
- Sunday 21 February 1pm
- Thursday 25 February 8pm
- Friday 26 February 8pm
- Saturday 27 February 8pm
Where: Bluestone Church Arts Space, 10A Hyde Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Tickets: $32 Full / $28 Concession
Cast: Jessica Lawrence, Jennifer Piper, Mark Salvestro, Luke Styles
Warning: This play contains adult themes and some coarse language.