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y Gasp! single work   drama   - 2 hours 10 minutes (20 minute interval.)
Adaptation of Gasp! Ben Elton 1990 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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A localised version of Ben Elton's first play, this version of Gasp! is set in Australia in the 21st century.

The theatre company offers the following synopsis:

Phillip is an ambitious junior executive for Lockheart Resources, a major Australian mining company on the verge of collapse. The problem? There’s nothing left to mine! Under intense pressure from his boss, Chifley Lockheart, Phillip comes up with an idea for an exclusive new product, one for those that appreciate the finer things in life—designer air.

Phillip’s invention—the Suck ‘n’ Blow—stores air and cleans it before releasing it again, and soon becomes the must-have product for anyone wanting to breathe a little easier. Everything seems to be going well for Phillip; he gets promoted, he’s raking in money, and he’s landed his dream girl. The problem is, the Suck ‘n’ Blow stores too much oxygen, and the air’s getting thinner by the day. It isn’t long before Lockheart comes up with a solution: privatising the air industry. Not just premium air, all air. If you can’t pay, you can’t breathe.

Soon enough, thousands of people are suffering and suffocating, unable to pay the high price of oxygen, while air companies burn the excess to maintain a stable market. People are getting desperate, willing to do anything to breathe, but Lockheart won’t back down. Phillip faces a crisis of conscience, and must choose between his career and his personal convictions.

Source: Black Swan Theatre Company (http://www.bsstc.com.au/season-2014/gasp/). (Sighted: 27/10/2014)

Production Details

  • Presented by the Black Swan State Theatre Company & Queensland Theatre Company. Performed at Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre centre of Western Australia : 25 October to 9 November 2014.

    Performed at the Playhouse, QPAC, South Brisbane, 17 November to 7 December, 2014.

    Cast: Caroline Brazier, Lucy Goleby, Damon Lockwood, Greg McNeill, and Steven Rooke.

    Director: Wesley Enoch.

    Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest.

    Set & Costume Designer: Christina Smith.

    Sound Designer: Tony Brumpton.

    Design Associate: Penny Challen.

    AV Designers: optikal bloc.

    Directorial Associate: Daniel Evans.

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      • Theatre program held at the Fryer Library, University of Queensland
      • Includes advertising.

Works about this Work

Restless Talent Leaves Us Gasping Cameron Pegg , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 October 2014; (p. 17)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
Coming Up for Air Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 October 2014; (p. 4-5)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
'Creative genius Ben Elton has reimagined his debut play and given it a distinctly Aussie twist..'
Coming Up for Air Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 October 2014; (p. 4-5)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
'Creative genius Ben Elton has reimagined his debut play and given it a distinctly Aussie twist..'
Mining for Laughs by a Master Rita Clarke , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 October 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
Gasp! with Have You Gagging for More Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 November 2014; (p. 45)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
Restless Talent Leaves Us Gasping Cameron Pegg , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 October 2014; (p. 17)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
Coming Up for Air Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 October 2014; (p. 4-5)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
'Creative genius Ben Elton has reimagined his debut play and given it a distinctly Aussie twist..'
Mining for Laughs by a Master Rita Clarke , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 October 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
Gasp! with Have You Gagging for More Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 November 2014; (p. 45)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
Coming Up for Air Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 October 2014; (p. 4-5)

— Review of Gasp! Ben Elton 2014 single work drama
'Creative genius Ben Elton has reimagined his debut play and given it a distinctly Aussie twist..'
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