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Margi Brown Ash: 'Eve' & 'He Dreamed a Train' at Brisbane Powerhouse

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Why stop at one when you can stay for two?

In a double act not to be missed, Margi Brown Ash is staging a rare and enthralling double bill of her acclaimed works, He Dreamed a Train and Eve. In a first for Brisbane, Margi will reveal her exceptional talent by performing these two shows back to back at Brisbane Powerhouse's Visy Theatre, 119 Lamington St, New Farm.

This unique experience commences with a preview on Thursday, 29 June, 2017 to be followed up by the season's opening night on Friday, 30 June, 2017.

The complete season of this dynamic presentation will be held on the following days and times:
Thursday, 29 June – PREVIEW: He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm; Eve, 8.30pm
Friday, 30 June – OPENING NIGHT: He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm; Eve, 8.30pm
Saturday, 1 July – He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm; Eve, 8.30pm
Sunday, 2 July – He Dreamed a Train, 2pm; Eve, 4pm
Thursday, 6 July – He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm
Friday, 7 July – He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm
Saturday, 8 July – He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm; Eve, 8.30pm
Sunday, 9 July – He Dreamed a Train, 2pm; Eve, 4pm
Thursday, 13 July – Eve, 6.30pm
Friday, 14 July – Eve, 6.30pm
Saturday, 15 July – He Dreamed a Train, 6.30pm; Eve, 8.30pm
Sunday, 16 July – He Dreamed a Train, 2pm; Eve, 4pm.

Admission prices are available for to suit your circumstances:
Preview:
Adults: single show $25, double bill $35.

Seasonal presentations:
Adult single $35; double bill $55:
Student groups of 8 or more (1 teacher free) single show $25 each; double bill $38:
Groups of 8 or more: singe show $28 adults, double bill $40.

An additional fee applies to each booking transaction of $3 for single tickets and $6 for multiple tickets.

In a Brisbane first, multi award-winning playwright and actor Margi Brown Ash is all set to present a unique and exciting display of her extraordinary talent by performing two of her shows in one evening.

The shows to be presented are the acclaimed, He Dreamed a Train and the award-winning and evocative, Eve.

In one evening, you will be able to take in a double bill consisting of two exciting stories that chronicle characters who refuse to be a part of the status quo.

He Dreamed a Train focuses on a woman who has suddenly had her whole world turned upside-down when it's discovered her sibling faces a premature death. This intimate and personal story looks deeply at a family exploring love, loss, grief and remembrance. Margi Brown Ash plays a fictional version of herself while her son, Travis Ash, represents a character inspired by Margi's brother who suffered a degenerative neurological disease.

Co-devised, directed and designed by Benjamin Knapton and written by Margi and Travis, the play includes several passages borrowed from Magi's brother David Brown's book of the same name. This play debuted in Brisbane in 2014 to wide acclaim.


Then, after intermission, you meet Eve who will amaze you as she finds some extraordinary techniques for facing some of life's extraordinary obstacles.

Eve, is part memoir, part fiction and part homage to the sacrifice of the artist, Eve Langley. Although a wife and mother to three children Eve longs to be left alone so she can interpret the world through her savagely exquisite prose. The real Eve Langley, a brilliant but troubled Australian writer, reacted fiercely to the stereotypical feminine role of the day and, rather than defining herself as a female artist, adopted the masculine persona of Oscar Wilde. She died in 1974 after her prime writing years were spent in a mental institution. Eve brings the true brilliance of the real Eve Langley back to the spotlight.

Co-devised and directed by Leah Mercer with Travis Ash as performer and musician Eve has been described by Australian Stage as "a sublime, evocative, rich, disturbing and tightly woven piece that will leave you intellectually reeling and profoundly inspired."


The evening deals with two very unusual and inspirational women who, had they ever met, would approve of the other's approaches to fashioning their own awareness and belonging in truly difficult circumstances.

As one of Brisbane's most admired theatre-makers, Margi Brown Ash has created and devised original new theatre since her arrival in Brisbane in 1989. He Dreamed a Train and Eve form part of Margi's acclaimed Belonging series and this unique offering is the first time two of these works have been performed concurrently. Both productions have been reworked especially for this season.

With assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and proudly supported by Brisbane City Council and with generous support from Metro Arts Theatre, Blue Room Theatre, PlayLab and Curtin University the season is being presented by Force of Circumstance and Nest Ensemble in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse.

This is obviously a rare opportunity to enjoy an evening of dynamic and touching theatre so go directly to here to make your bookings.

For more information on this great show and to check out the Powerhouse web site click here, phone the theatre on 3358 8600 or email, boxoffice@brisbanepowerhouse.org
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Why? Enjoy two plays when you would have been satisfied at one.
When: Every Thursday to Sunday from 29 June to 16 July, 2017.
Phone: 3358 8600
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre, 119 Lamington St, New Farm
Cost: Preview (29/6/17): single show $25, double bill $35. Seasonal presentations: Adult single show $35; double bill $55: Student groups of 8 or more (1 teacher free) single show $25 each; double bill $38: Groups of 8 or more: singe show $28 adults, dou
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