20 – 30 June 2018
A SMOKE SOCIAL
by Sandra Thibodeaux, directed by Alex Galeazzi
Presented by Brown’s Mart Productions
In Darwin during WWI, ‘smoke social’ parties were staged to farewell enlisting soldiers. They featured Vaudeville routines, songs, poetry and brass bands. A Smoke Social, re-creates one of these parties, inviting audiences to participate as they did a hundred years ago in the original venue where these socials were staged – nowadays known as the ‘Town Hall Ruins’.
A Smoke Social leaps ahead to the Palestinian front where two Darwin brothers – one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous – have been abandoned. One of the brothers falls in love with a Palestinian woman while the other despairs of ever being rescued. The play shifts seamlessly between Palestine and Darwin through the device of the ‘smoke social’ – the various routines and re-enactments reveal the brothers’ fate.
Inspired by real events, A Smoke Social addresses global and ‘frontier’ wars, colonialism and brotherly love. In A Smoke Social, the political is always, and deeply, personal.
VENUE: Town Hall Ruins
DATES: Wednesday 20 June (Preview Night) – Saturday 30 June 2018
(Note: Performances will commence on time. Please arrive at least 15 min before the start of the show to ensure entry)
SEATING: General Admission. Setup is cabaret style – 10 tables of 8. Seating will be of a first come, first in seated basis. No table bookings available.
DURATION: 1 hr 40 min (includes 15 min interval)
TICKETS: Full $35 – Conc/Sen $25 – Groups 8+ $25 – Preview Night $15 – Veterans $15
BOOK ONLINE: brownsmart.com.au
BOX OFFICE: Both the box office and doors to the Ruins will be open from 6pm. Tickets may be purchased from the Box office an hour before the start of the show, unless SOLD OUT!
(Online tickets will cut off 4 hrs before the start of each show)
BAR: the bar will be open an hour before the start of the show and drinks can be taken into the theatre.
Brown's Mart Arts Ltd
(T/as Brown’s Mart Theatre)
ABN: 67 141 763 895
12 Smith Street Darwin City
GPO Box 3451, Darwin NT 0801