The Waiting Room single work   drama   - 2 hours 40 minutes
Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'Authentic Australian stories are a rarity on our stages. Even rarer are stories as personal as this by Kylie Trounson, which grapples with the ordinary wonder of conceiving a child and the extraordinary heartbreak when you can't.

'Kylie was a child when her father Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson made breakthrough after breakthrough in fertility research. It was 1970s Melbourne and society was divided: was he a hero? Or a mad scientist playing God? The controversy swirled so close to her, yet she was far too young to understand how much was at stake. But now she can see it plain: that when we speak about conception we speak of the most profound things, of family and faith, our lives and our mortality, and our uncertain place in Nature.

'There was a world before IVF and a world after. Multi-layered and wide-ranging, The Waiting Room explores how they are not the same world. Created in collaboration with Naomi Edwards, the play received a rapturous response as part of the 2014 Cybec Electric play readings. Now Edwards makes her MTC mainstage directorial debut in a production featuring Belinda McClory and William McInnes.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • World premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio : 15 May - 27 June 2015

    Cast includes Kate Atkinson, Brett Cousins, Belinda McClory, William McInnes, Sophie Ross, Greg Stone

    Director Naomi Edwards

    Set Designer Dayna Morrissey

    Costume Designer Chloe Greaves

    Lighting Designer Richard Vabre

    Composer & Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith

    AV Designer Michael Carmody

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Trounson’s Baby the Story of IVF Penny Durham , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 May 2015; (p. 15)

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
The Two of Us : Alan Trounson and Kylie Trounson Bernadette Clohesy , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 6)
Compelling, Despite Birthing Pains Cameron Woodhead , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 40)

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
IVF Story Produces Fertile Drama Chris Boyd , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 May 2015; (p. 14)

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
Kylie Trounson : Perhaps IVF Has Made Us Less Able to Conceive Naturally Gay Alcorn , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 May 2015;

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
Trounson’s Baby the Story of IVF Penny Durham , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 May 2015; (p. 15)

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
Compelling, Despite Birthing Pains Cameron Woodhead , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 40)

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
IVF Story Produces Fertile Drama Chris Boyd , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 May 2015; (p. 14)

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
Kylie Trounson : Perhaps IVF Has Made Us Less Able to Conceive Naturally Gay Alcorn , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 May 2015;

— Review of The Waiting Room Kylie Trounson 2015 single work drama
The Two of Us : Alan Trounson and Kylie Trounson Bernadette Clohesy , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 6)
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