Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

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King William Road
South Australia


“Speaking in Tongues” by Andrew Bovell

Dunstan Playhouse

Captioned Performance – Wednesday 20 July – 11.00am matinee


Director: Geordie Brookman Designer: Victoria Lamb

Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham

Cast includes: Lizzy Falkland, Chris Pitman


Andrew Bovell’s intriguing, seductive play is a mystery for grown ups. Laden with love, infidelity and mistrust, Speaking in Tongues is the stage precursor to the highly successful film Lantana, critically acclaimed, a huge popular success, and awarded numerous accolades and prizes.

A woman alone in a phone box on a back road, a guilt-ridden cop, a man alone on the beach staring out to sea, a high heeled shoe being hurled into the bushes… Bovell weaves together disparate images and flawed souls into a rich tapestry of fate, chance and consequence.

Both highly dramatic and wickedly funny, this is a strangely tender offering about making mistakes and living with the consequences. The play delves into the murky territory of intimacy and trust within relationships, revealing the darker sides of our emotional selves. Suggesting the interweaving of our fates, Speaking in Tongues is a provoking comment on the strangled communication that occurs between men and women.

An indisputable modern Australian classic by the acclaimed author of Holy Day and When the Rain Stops Falling.


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