form y Cosi single work   film/TV  
Alternative title: Cosi: A Comedy That's Not Quite all There
Adaptation of Cosi Louis Nowra 1992 single work musical theatre
Issue Details: First known date: 1996 1996
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Loosely based on Louis Nowra's own experiences as a young theatre practitioner, Cosi follows protagonist Lewis, an unemployed actor who joins a government program to help rehabilitate mentally ill patients in a Sydney institution. Among the patients are psychopathic firebug Doug, pathologically shy Henry, lovesick Cherry, forlorn Ruth, recovering drug-addict Julie, and ever-demanding Roy. Hoping to realise his dream of staging a production of Mozart's Così Fan Tutte, Roy begins takes over the inexperienced Lewis's program, even though oblivious of the fact that none of the other patients can sing opera. As Lewis attempts to keep control of the inmates, his own life begins to spiral out of control. After being dumped by his girlfriend, Lewis finds himself drawn to Julie. He is also sacked by the hospital administrator. Having come so far with their production, however, he and the actors secretly rehearse at night. Errol, the head of nursing, tells his supervisor that the group is preparing a variety show to be performed for the health minister's forthcoming visit. On the night, they instead present their somewhat chaotic version of Cosi.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Star Turns and Belly Laughs in an Unsettling Theatrical Madhouse Romp Martin Buzacott , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 February 2014; (p. 13)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Capturing the Pain Within Fincina Hopgood , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 september 2007; (p. 21)
y 'Cosi' Joanne Ladiges , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2001 Z1609678 2001 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into Cosi (1996). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis
Untitled Jonathan Dawson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 30 1997; (p. 123-127)

— Review of Spotswood Max Dann Andrew Knight 1992 single work film/TV ; Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Nowra Eyes Down Side of Success Danielle Wood , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Mercury , 6 June 1996; (p. 33)
The Lunatics that Run Hollywood Louis Nowra , 1996 single work column autobiography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-28 March 1996; (p. 8-9)
Cosi's Cossies Jo Litson , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 March 1996; (p. 10)
From the Writer Louis Nowra , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cosi 1996; (p. 7-13)
Pigs Aside, Cosi has the Cast to Charm Audiences 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 20 March 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Chinese Masterpiece Des Partridge , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 March 1996; (p. wkd 10)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Cosi Rises Above Crackpot Trend Mark Naglazas , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 March 1996; (p. 5)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Dream Cast's Comic Caper Paul Byrnes , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 March 1996; (p. 14)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Enter Stage Left: a Lifeless Act Adrian Martin , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 March 1996; (p. 11)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Good Taste in Full Strength Stan James , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 30 March 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Home Movies Helen Garner , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , May vol. 7 no. 10 1996; (p. 66-67)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Instituting an Opera Patrick McDonald , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 October 1996; (p. 5)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Lonely Spinster in Search of Romance Alison Walsh , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 October 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Loony Tunes Peter Malone , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , April vol. 6 no. 3 1996; (p. 49)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Madness Taken to Lovable Excess Sandra Hall , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 April vol. 116 no. 6016 1996; (p. 76-77)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Nowra on Screen Funny but Lacks Bite Dougal Macdonald , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 March 1996; (p. C8)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Pigs Aside, Cosi has the Cast to Charm Audiences 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 20 March 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Untitled Jonathan Dawson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 30 1997; (p. 123-127)

— Review of Spotswood Max Dann Andrew Knight 1992 single work film/TV ; Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Uncomfortably Cosy Evan Williams , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 March 1995; (p. rev 12)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Chinese Masterpiece Des Partridge , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 March 1996; (p. wkd 10)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Cosi Rises Above Crackpot Trend Mark Naglazas , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 March 1996; (p. 5)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Dream Cast's Comic Caper Paul Byrnes , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 March 1996; (p. 14)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Enter Stage Left: a Lifeless Act Adrian Martin , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 March 1996; (p. 11)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Good Taste in Full Strength Stan James , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 30 March 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Home Movies Helen Garner , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , May vol. 7 no. 10 1996; (p. 66-67)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Instituting an Opera Patrick McDonald , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 October 1996; (p. 5)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Lonely Spinster in Search of Romance Alison Walsh , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 October 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Loony Tunes Peter Malone , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , April vol. 6 no. 3 1996; (p. 49)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Madness Taken to Lovable Excess Sandra Hall , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 April vol. 116 no. 6016 1996; (p. 76-77)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Nowra on Screen Funny but Lacks Bite Dougal Macdonald , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 March 1996; (p. C8)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Outside Looking In Tom Ryan , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 March 1996; (p. 7)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Simply Mad about Mozart Margaret Smith , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 March 1996; (p. 15)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Untitled Peter Malone , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Cinema Papers , April no. 109 1996; (p. 41)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Star Turns and Belly Laughs in an Unsettling Theatrical Madhouse Romp Martin Buzacott , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 February 2014; (p. 13)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1996 single work film/TV
Capturing the Pain Within Fincina Hopgood , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 september 2007; (p. 21)
y 'Cosi' Joanne Ladiges , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2001 Z1609678 2001 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into Cosi (1996). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis
Nowra Eyes Down Side of Success Danielle Wood , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Mercury , 6 June 1996; (p. 33)
The Lunatics that Run Hollywood Louis Nowra , 1996 single work column autobiography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-28 March 1996; (p. 8-9)
Cosi's Cossies Jo Litson , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 March 1996; (p. 10)
From the Writer Louis Nowra , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cosi 1996; (p. 7-13)
Cosi Film Casts Off John Mangan , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 23 January 1995; (p. 16)
Cosi Margaret Smith (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Cinema Papers , August no. 105 1995; (p. 4-8,55-56)
An Australian Showcase David Stratton , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cosi 1992; (p. 15-17)
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  • 1990s
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