Puberty Blues’ Brenna Harding To Shine in All-Female, Lesbian Play
It’s called “The Gulf,” and we want to cross it ASAP.
From left: Director Mia Lethbridge, actors Diana Popovska and Brenna Harding
A play about a complex lesbian relationship. With an all female production team. And cast. Starring Brenna Harding i.e. Sue Knight from Puberty Blues. Yes. Please.
At the helm of LUME Productions are three outstanding women - Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues, A Place to Call Home), Mia Lethbridge (Barefoot in the Park, The Cafe) and Diana Popovska (PLANS, Cowboy Mouth).
Starting this Thursday, August 24th, they will be bringing raw, gritty, beautiful lesbian drama to Sydney, as they put on their production of ‘The Gulf’.
Written by the American playwright, Audrey Cefaly, ‘The Gulf’ was the recipient of the 2016 Edgerton New American Play Award and explores the volatile and tender relationship between Betty and Kendra; two women deeply entangled in the throes of love, who are forced to examine the waters that divide them.
“After Brenna and I worked together on a short film, we felt driven to explore the world of complex same-sex relationships further,” says Diana Popovska, playing Kendra. “I set out to find a play that did this and we were lucky enough to find Cefaly’s ‘The Gulf.’
“Our search for this play made it clear that lesbian characters are barely present on stage, and when they are they are often stereotyped or on the sidelines,” says AACTA nominated and Logie Award-winning actor Brenna Harding, who plays Betty in ‘The Gulf’.
“Queer women should see themselves represented in nuanced and diverse ways and this play offers that opportunity.”
Director Mia Lethbridge is honoured to bring this beautiful work to Australian stages for the first time. “This is what Australian stages need more of” Lethbridge says. “The Gulf is a story about two people exploring what it means to be in love. Cefaly puts women at the centre, whilst destigmatising same-sex relationships. I am beyond excited to be bringing this important piece of theatre to life”.
‘The Gulf’ will open on August 24th, 2017 at FLOW Warehouse and close on September 5th, 2017.
And, as a special treat for LOTL readers, if you use the Code “LOTLGulf” at check-out any time before opening night, you’ll receive a $15 discount on each ticket (making tickets $20, not $35).
Tickets on sale for The Gulf now at www.trybooking.com/QVUX
Also, a friendly tip for you – if you’re after a bloody wonderful, queer web series (where a girl emerges wet around the chin from between another girl’s legs within the first few minutes of the first episode, no less) about a bunch of young mates living in Sydney, you should check out Popovska’s PLANS.