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Hope and Gravity presented by Galleon Theatre Group

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Nine lives intersect in surprising ways

Galleon Theatre Group (GTG) is excited to present the South Australian premiere of Hope and Gravity by award-winning American playwright Michael Hollinger. Tickets are now on sale for this strictly limited season.

Directed by award-winning Kym Clayton, Hope and Gravity is a funny, touching and extremely clever play.

The action unfolds in nine briskly-paced out-of-sequence scenes that begin inside an elevator, where we hear the fuzzy details of an elevator accident the night before - an incident that will eventually link the scenes.

Each scene functions as a self-contained vignette but is also a single piece of a big puzzle with the play's characters interacting on one level, with no idea that their lives intersect on another.

Their lives intersect in surprising ways that are both comical and tragic - through love, sex, poetry, dentistry, and phobias, in offices, homes, and hotel rooms.

Jill longs for Steve, who's engaged to Barb, who hooks up with Peter, who's already having an affair with Nan, who's married to Marty.

Meanwhile, Douglas, who teaches creative writing to Jill and Steve, meets Tanya who's hoping to get pregnant with Hal. By the time Hollinger is done with his inventive, non-sequential funny play, he's provided a narrative arc that the audience delight in piecing together themselves.

CAST (from left to right)

Steve played by Nathan Brown

Tanya/ Nan played by Mari Nield

Peter/ Hal played by Mark Drury

Jill/ Barb played by Dora Stamos

Marty/ Douglas played by John Koch


Hope and Gravity will be performed at the Domain Theatre at Marion Cultural Centre from 25 May to 3 June 2023. Choose from 7 performances:

  • Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27 May 2023 @ 7.30pm

  • Matinee: Sun 28 May 2022 @ 2.00pm

    Thurs 1, Fri 2, Sat 3 June 2023 @ 7.30pm

    Tickets are now on sale through

  • Early bookings are advised and places are strictly limited. For more information on the production, please see and follow @GalleonTheatreGroupAdelaide on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest.

    "...brilliantly structured and hilariously written..." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    "A satisfying, crowd-pleasing puzzle play, with nine scenes in two acts, but not in chronological order." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    "Some of the scenes are laugh-out-loud funny; others are tenderly poignant." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    "There's a thrill in chasing this plot - it's always tantalizingly ahead of you - and finally nailing it. The thrill extends to witnessing five actors, some in dual roles, as they lay out this story that happens in the past, or sometimes in the future, yet also in the present." - WHYY Philadelphia

    [It's] Michael Hollinger at his best: witty banter, well-turned phrases, and genuine characters make us laugh; then something unexpectedly wonderful and mysterious lifts us to a new level. Gravity tugs us downward but hope allows us to soar, as HOPE AND GRAVITY shows." -

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    When: 25 May 2023-3 June 2023
    Where: Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road (Adjacent Westfield Shoppingtown Marion) Oaklands Park
    Cost: $27.00
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