Review: Away by Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney Theatre Company's production of award-winning play Away combines humour and sophistication to enthral the audience.

Review: Away by Sydney Theatre Company
Image: Away, Sydney Theatre Company

Playing to almost-full houses at Sydney’s iconic Opera House until Saturday, Away is a classic Australian play that was first performed in 1986 by Griffin Theatre Company.

Michael Gow’s play tells a story of Australia in 1968. The country’s involvement in the Vietnam War, terminal illness, and relationships are explored via three families who come together after a large storm strikes.

Heather Mitchell shines in her role as Gwen (Meg’s mother) and the two young leads (Liam Nunan as Tom and Naomi Rukavina as Meg) are just delightful.

I was enthralled from the opening scene; with no interval, the tension created by all members of the three families leaves you wanting more at the curtain call. Although set in the 60s, the humour of the play and sophistication of the production make this a timeless classic.

I, for one, look forward to seeing what else Sydney Theatre Company has to offer for the remainder of 2017.

Showbiz currently has a three play package for $99, including critically acclaimed Chimerica, Cloud Nine and Three Sisters.

Image: Away, Sydney Theatre Company