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This Much Is True single work   drama   - 90 Minutes
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 This Much Is True
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'A debt collector, a drag queen, a rogue chemist and a manic depressive walk into a pub…

'THIS MUCH IS TRUE continues the story of Lewis from Summer of the Aliens and Cosi. Now he’s older, a writer and lives in an inner city suburb filled with public housing, the underclass and characters who could only exist in such a place.

'He attends the 150 year old hotel, The Rising Sun, where he mixes with a core of customers, including an ice chemist, a once famous drag queen, a violent debt collector, a con man, a manic depressive and a fixer.

'These stories are true.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • World premiere at The Old Fitz Theatre Woolloomooloo, Sydney. Presented by Red Line Productions : 12th July – 12th August. 

    CAST
    Septimus Caton
    Joanna Downing
    Danny Adcock
    Justin Stewart Cotta
    Robin Goldsworthy
    Alan Dukes
    Martin Jacobs
    Ashley Lyons

    CREATIVE TEAM
    Written by Louis Nowra
    Directed by Toby Schmitz
    Assistant Directed by Andrew Henry
    Set Design by Anna Gardiner
    Lighting Design by Matt Cox
    Costume Design by Martelle Hunt
    Sound Design by Jed Silver
    Stage Management by Bronte Axam

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Works about this Work

This Much Is True (Red Line Productions) Ian Dickson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2017;

'Louis Nowra’s latest play, his first in ten years because apparently and appallingly no major company in Australia has asked him for one, is the third in his semi-autobiographical Lewis trilogy. In Summer of the Aliens (1992), the young Lewis, growing up in housing-commission Melbourne, has to find a way to come to terms with the unpredictable adults who surround him and to deal with his feelings for his coevals. Così (1992) finds a slightly older Lewis attempting to introduce Mozart into the lives of an even more extreme group in a mental hospital, while staggering through a dying relationship. In This Much Is True, a more mature Lewis, now a writer recuperating from a divorce, as much spectator as participant, hangs out in the bar of The Rising Sun, a Woolloomooloo pub not entirely dissimilar to The Old Fitzroy in which the play is being presented. This Much Is True can also be seen as the third piece in another Nowra trilogy, an addendum to his recent love letters to the neighbourhood; King’s Cross (2013) and Woolloomooloo (2017).' (Introduction) 

2017 Arts Highlights of the Year Various , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 39-43)

'To celebrate the year’s memorable plays, films, concerts, operas, ballets, and exhibitions, we invited twenty-six critics and arts professionals to nominate some personal favourites.' (Introduction)

2017 Arts Highlights of the Year Various , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 39-43)

'To celebrate the year’s memorable plays, films, concerts, operas, ballets, and exhibitions, we invited twenty-six critics and arts professionals to nominate some personal favourites.' (Introduction)

This Much Is True (Red Line Productions) Ian Dickson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2017;

'Louis Nowra’s latest play, his first in ten years because apparently and appallingly no major company in Australia has asked him for one, is the third in his semi-autobiographical Lewis trilogy. In Summer of the Aliens (1992), the young Lewis, growing up in housing-commission Melbourne, has to find a way to come to terms with the unpredictable adults who surround him and to deal with his feelings for his coevals. Così (1992) finds a slightly older Lewis attempting to introduce Mozart into the lives of an even more extreme group in a mental hospital, while staggering through a dying relationship. In This Much Is True, a more mature Lewis, now a writer recuperating from a divorce, as much spectator as participant, hangs out in the bar of The Rising Sun, a Woolloomooloo pub not entirely dissimilar to The Old Fitzroy in which the play is being presented. This Much Is True can also be seen as the third piece in another Nowra trilogy, an addendum to his recent love letters to the neighbourhood; King’s Cross (2013) and Woolloomooloo (2017).' (Introduction) 

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