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Speaking of theatre…

THE Playhouse Theatre will be the venue for one of playwright Andrew Bovell’s most celebrated plays, ‘Speaking in Tongues’, as the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society presents the final show for the successful 2019 season from 18 October to 2 November.

Bovell is a masterful writer and Speaking in Tongues is a real gem, weaving coincidence, betrayal and suspense into a fascinating and intricate story.

The mystery of the play will creep up on you, offering some spine-tingling moments and a few unexpected twists and turns.

Speaking in Tongues is an AWGIE award-winning play which has been staged throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and the US.

Bovell famously adapted it for the screen as the classic Australian movie, Lantana.

Directing the show is Mel King, a veteran of 30 years as a professional actor with a career including numerous stage works, voice-overs, film, TV, radio, puppetry, production and event management, and more recently, stage direction.

She has toured both nationally and internationally.

The cast includes some of Tasmania’s finest actors, all of whom come to the play with a rich catalogue of theatre credits: David Bannister, Aleks Crossan, Arin Dean, Chris Hamley, Steven Jones, Sara Pensalfini, Sarah Phillips, Vashti Pontaks and Carrie McLean.

Local Bellerive resident David Bannister plays the role of Nick Robson in the show.

Mr Bannister is a veteran actor who has been performing on stage since 1987, appearing in numerous theatre productions for a range of local companies including Loud Mouth, PLoT, Directions and Square Pegs, as well as for Hobart Rep.

He has also appeared in a number of films, short and feature length, as well as TV commercials.

Speaking in Tongues is a play that navigates shifting moral codes and the rights and wrongs of emotional conduct.

Presented in three parts, it examines the relationships of two couples in crises and, as the play progresses, we are introduced to more characters and even more deceptions.

An enthralling and sophisticated story that will captivate to the end.

Speaking in Tongues is on at The Playhouse Theatre (106 Bathurst Street, Hobart) from 18 October to 2 November.

Session times are 8pm Wednesday to Saturday and matinees at 3.30pm Sunday 27 October and 2pm Saturday 2 November.

Book online at www.playhouse.org.au or in person or via phone at the Playhouse Theatre Box Office on 6234 1536, Monday to Friday (11am to 2pm) or Sunday (10am to 2pm).

Caption: Speaking in Tongues celloist Eliza Reynolds, left, with David Bannister.