THE BOYS by Gordon Graham
Inspired by the brutal murder of Anita Cobby February 2nd 1986
The Boys is a profoundly disturbing, visceral play which examines both the events that lead up to an appalling climax and the aftermath; shedding light on a sadly dysfunctional family of a mother and her three sons and their girlfriends. The household awaits, with a mixture of excitement, hope and anticipation, for the return of the eldest son, Brett, after a year in prison; but things have changed and very quickly he realises that his power base is being seriously threatened, he has not had a good time in prison and seems determined that someone will pay.
Sandra, his mother, believes in her Number One son and so does his girlfriend Michelle, even though Brett thinks she may have strayed, but the others are not so sure. Brett needs a powerful set of wheels, immediately, for his image, and he doesnít care how he gets them but unfortunately things just donít go his way.
John Wood directs a highly talented NTC cast, led by Michael Byrneís power hungry Brett and the worn down Sandra played by Cheryl Sovechles; the cast is completed by Amy Wilde, Craig Lindeman, Natasha Steggles, Duncan Gordon and Cherie Mackinnon.
This is a courageous play we should be proud to call Australian, it has a lot to say about a society that can accept the dogma that the very rich just seem to get richer and the poor have little hope of ever changing their lifeís path. Be brave and come and meet the Sprague family, you may be shocked but wonít be disappointed.
Recently revived in 2012 following the original production in 1991, both by Griffin Theatre Company (AWGIE) and the four AFI award winning film in 1998; the play is a classic of Australian stage and screen.
WARNING: The play contains offensive language and adult themes.
The Newcastle Theatre Company season runs from Saturday October
4 to 18.
Matinees: Sunday October 5 and Saturday 11at 2PM.
Details of performance days and times from The NTC Box Office Phone 4952 4958
Monday to Friday 3-6 pm