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5–7 September 2024

English By Sanaz Toossi Directed by Tasnim Hossain

Marjan thinks it’s one of the greatest things two people can do together: speak English. But her motley class of adult learners each have their own relationship to this new language – for some it means opportunities abroad, for others a way to grow closer to grandchildren. Whatever their motives, these strangers will find tensions flaring, connections forming and unspoken truths emerging as they hurtle towards their final exam. A small classroom in Iran is the birthplace for a big-hearted comedy in which the laughs fly thick and fast. From the absurd conversations you’ll only hear in a language lesson to the hilarity of serious subjects lost in translation, English is a masterclass in contemporary playwriting and features a lovingly rendered ensemble of characters that will carve out a place in your heart. Directed by Melbourne Theatre Company Resident Director Tasnim Hossain (I Wanna Be Yours) and starring Osamah Sami (ABC’s Savage River), English explores the choices that people who seek a new home must make, and all that they lose and gain along the way. Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, English is a story of falling in love with your own voice. “A stunning play about hope, belonging and desire” – New York Theatre Guide “A rich new play…both contemplative and comic” – The New York Times English is a Melbourne Theatre Company production. Melbourne Theatre Company is a department of the University of Melbourne and is assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria. English lockup English is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Synopsis

5–7 September 2024

English
By Sanaz Toossi
Directed by Tasnim Hossain

Marjan thinks it’s one of the greatest things two people can do together: speak English.

But her motley class of adult learners each have their own relationship to this new language – for some it means opportunities abroad, for others a way to grow closer to grandchildren. Whatever their motives, these strangers will find tensions flaring, connections forming and unspoken truths emerging as they hurtle towards their final exam.

A small classroom in Iran is the birthplace for a big-hearted comedy in which the laughs fly thick and fast. From the absurd conversations you’ll only hear in a language lesson to the hilarity of serious subjects lost in translation, English is a masterclass in contemporary playwriting and features a lovingly rendered ensemble of characters that will carve out a place in your heart.

Directed by Melbourne Theatre Company Resident Director Tasnim Hossain (I Wanna Be Yours) and starring Osamah Sami (ABC’s Savage River), English explores the choices that people who seek a new home must make, and all that they lose and gain along the way.

Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, English is a story of falling in love with your own voice.

“A stunning play about hope, belonging and desire” – New York Theatre Guide

“A rich new play…both contemplative and comic” – The New York Times

English is a Melbourne Theatre Company production. Melbourne Theatre Company is a department of the University of Melbourne and is assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria.

English lockup

English is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com

Dates & Times

Thursday 5 September 2024, 7.30pm

Friday 6 September 2024, 7.30pm

Saturday 7 September 2024, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents
A Melbourne Theatre Company production

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 100 minutes, with no interval.

WARNINGS:
This production contains coarse language, culturally sensitive commentary and mature themes. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

AGE SUITABILITY:
This performance is recommended for ages 13+ / Years 8–12.

LATECOMERS:
For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a break in the performance. Please allow plenty of time to cover traffic and parking delays.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
SEATING PLAN
ACCESS INFORMATION

Credits

CREATIVES

Director Tasnim Hossain

Set & Costume Designer Kat Chan

Lighting Designer Paul Lim

Composer Hamed Sadeghi

Sound Designer Marco Cher-Gibard

Voice & Text Coach Mark Wong

Assistant Director Afsaneh Torabi

CAST

Maia Abbas

Delaram Ahmadi

Salme Geransar

Marjan Mesbahi

Osamah Sami

 

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