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Superheroes

Gemma Bird Mathewson. Photo: Brett Boardman

Griffin Theatre is bravely making a comeback with a brand new play by talented Australian playwright Mark Rogers, winner of  both the Griffin Award, and the Patrick White Award in 2019. The play, Superheroes, centres on the stories of two women on opposite sides of the world. Apparently the two never meet but their worlds are connected in ways that neither of them could possibly have imagined.

Emma from Thirroul on the South Coast and studying creative writing at Sydney Uni is facing a dilemma involving her on/off boyfriend and needs to decide whether or not life with him is worth the angst. On the other side of the world in Bosnia Herzegovina Jana is faced with a refugee crisis while out shopping for groceries and must make a choice. Does she intervene and help or simply continue on? The play asks how much of our lives are influenced by our own personal experiences and the ways in which, the choices we make as a result of our thoughts and beliefs, affect others.

“The play is really the juxtaposition of two journeys.” explained Gemma Bird Matheson, who plays Emma. “It doesn’t really provide answers but simply poses more questions giving people different takeaways.”

Mark Rogers, whose other plays include Blood Pressure and Plastic were both very important works dealing with life, death, truth, lies and the political and scientific advancement of humanity, has said that he writes plays which speak of the world as he sees it while at the same time talking to his own community.

Until Oct 24. Seymour Centre, Cnr of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale. $38-$62+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.griffintheatre.com.au

By Renee Lou Dallow

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