HOTEL SORRENTO, A HIT PRODUCTIONS PERFORMANCE, PRESENTED BY THE EVENTS CENTRE
Hotel Sorrento by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson is a highly commercial and relatable comedy/drama and familial story for a mainstream audience. This award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.
Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate. The play is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false.
Hotel Sorrento was first performed in 1990 by the Playbox Theatre Company and won an AWGIE, NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award. Since then the play has had over 50 productions throughout Australia and overseas (winning critical acclaim on its London debut), and has been translated into French, Japanese and Swedish.
This will represent the 20th anniversary of HIT’s first production of the play. HIT has a great deal of affection for Hotel Sorrento being that it was a production of this play in 1998, directed by David Latham, that launched HIT’s touring arm in 1999.
SUITABILITY: Suitable for all ages
DURATION: Approximately 2 hours, includes a 20 minute interval (subject to change without notice)
CAST & CREDITS:
Playwright – Hannie Rayson
Producer – Christine Harris
Director – Denny Lawrence
Kim Denman – Meg
Dion Mills – Edwin
Mike Smith – Dick
Dennis Coard – Wal
Ruth Caro – Hilary
Joanne Booth – Pippa
Jenny Seedsman – Marge
Saxon Gray – Troy