Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues

by Andrew Bovell

2003 National Tour

February 26 – June 14, 2003 – 16 week tour to 34 venues in VIC, NSW, SA, WA
Melbourne, Traralgon, Wonthaggi, Warburton, Bayswater, Colac, Portland, Preston, Shepparton, Ballarat, Mildura, Echuca, Wagga Wagga, Orange, Bathurst, Belrose, Newcastle, Parramatta, Gosford, Wollongong, Wangaratta, Mt Gambier, Renmark, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany, Margaret River, Mandurah, Perth, Geraldton & Karratha.

A production by Christine Harris & HIT Productions

The play that inspired the award-winning film Lantana, is an intriguing, thrilling and engaging drama. Four actors portray the lives of nine different characters that grow in complexity through the course of the play. The stories are all linked by the themes of infidelity and betrayal, and the play constantly moves from present to past and back again, where the same events are viewed from the perspective of different characters. 

Pete is married to Jane and Sonja is married to Leon. Pete meets Sonja in a bar and they go to a cheap motel room. Leon meets Jane and they also go to a cheap motel room. Pete and Sonja don’t go through with it, while Leon and Jane do. What unfolds is an unusual set of circumstances that draws strangers together and yet creates yawning chasms in existing relationships and leaves lives ruined. The play is told in fragments in which we see people’s lives bleeding into one another’s, often by accident. This is a play that is not only resonant and challenging, it genuinely intrigues the audience, leaving them with unanswered questions.

“….as dialogue and characters become more complex and ideas less resolvable, the text starts to sing through its closely constructed, almost ritualistic form of lines spoken in confession, in unison, through and over each other.”
The Australian, July 1998


Jane and Valerie: Ullie Birve

Leon and Nick: John Diedrich

Pete, Neil and John: Travis McMahon

Sarah and Sonja: Nicki Wendt


Playwright: Andrew Bovell

Director: Bruce Myles 

Set & Costume Designer: Judith Cobb 

Lighting Designer: Rachel Burke 

Choreographer: Jo-Anne Robinson 

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