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About Così

★★★★½ “Cosi stands test of time in outstanding new production.” The Age

★★★★½ "A well-cast rollercoaster ride of pathos and black comedy" Limelight

This heart-warming and hilarious Australian comedy comes to STC for the first time.

Set in a psychiatric facility, "Così" is a play about friendship, romance, community and difference. It’s 1971 and Australia is protesting the war in Vietnam. But inside the hospital, the resident patients are listening to Mozart, learning their lines and occasionally skipping their medication. It’s art, it’s mayhem, it’s a wonderful roller coaster all the way to opening night.

The icing on the cake is that it’s all based on playwright Louis Nowra’s own life. In the 1970s, he himself directed a musical with patients from Melbourne’s Mont Park Asylum. The one-off performance brought joy to everyone involved.

Now, former STC Resident Director Sarah Goodes (fresh from winning a Helpmann Award for "The Children") brings this joy to our stage. With its cast of loveable characters, "Così" offers a touching reminder of how art can make our spirits soar.

By Louis Nowra

Directed by Sarah Goodes

Run Time

2hrs 20min (Inc. Interval)

Start Date

End Date

Age

Contains strong language and adult themes

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000

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