Rep Season: Wayside Bride & Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
For the first time in the theatre’s recent history, Belvoir will stage two ambitious productions in repertory. Presented as alternating performance of two plays, Alana Valentine’s brand-new Wayside Bride and Caryl Churchill’s classic Light Shining in Buckinghamshire feature the same cast, on the same set, written by two legendary women. Together “in rep”, they present a brilliant theatrical vision of the age-old struggle for a fairer society. The rep season runs from 2nd April to 29th May 2022, where theatre will become 1970s Kings Cross one night, and Civil War England the next.
Wayside Bride, drawn from living testimony by Australian playwright Alana Valentine (The Sugar House, Parramatta Girls, Barbara and the Camp Dogs), marks its worldwide debut on the Belvoir stage. On a back street of Kings Cross, iconic Sydney institution the Wayside Chapel is a haven for the poor, the excluded, the misfits. It’s a place of faith and a place of love. And it’s a place where people declare their love – even when the rest of the world has turned you away.
The classic work Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill completes the Rep Season. Set during the English Civil War, it tells of the ordinary people who went into battle for the soul of the nation. Incendiary, pulsing with ideas and poetically-heightened speech, speaking of the revolution that never happened, and some ghosts it left behind.