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Don’t miss this rarely performed play

The award-winning drama The Elephant Man comes to PACT Centre for Emerging Artists for a limited season this August (5 performances only). Tickets are now on sale.

The Elephant Man tells the true story of a disfigured man, Joseph Merrick, who inspired others to look beyond their limitations.

Photo Credit: Emma Wright

In the 19th century, Joseph Merrick, a victim of rare skin and bone diseases, is the star freak attraction in travelling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel Hospital.

Young physician Frederick Treves discovers that Merrick has an intelligent mind and introduces him to Victorian London society. Merrick slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favourite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.

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In his book, Frederick Treves said of Merrick, "As a specimen of humanity, Merrick was ignoble and repulsive, but the spirit of Merrick, if it could be seen in the form of the living, would assume the figure of an upstanding and heroic man, smooth browed and clean of limb, and with eyes that flashed undaunted courage".

Photo Credit: Emma Wright

Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for 'Best Play' and 2015 Drama Desk Award for 'Best Revival of a Play', this classic play continues to inspire generations.

The forthcoming production, directed by the acclaimed Debbie Smith, features a wonderful cast with Harley Connor as John Merrick; Nicholas Gledhill as Frederick Treves; Melanie Robinson as Mrs Kendall; William Jordan as Ross (Merrick's nasty manager); Marty O'Neill as Carr Gomm; Peter Hayes as Bishop How; Denise Kitching as Miss Sandwich; Madeleine Solomon; Claire Brew and Eoin O'Sullivan.

Photo Credit: Emma Wright

Don't miss The Elephant Man at PACT Theatre for Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville, NSW 2043.

Choose from the following performances:

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018 from 7.30pm to 9pm

  • Thursday 23 August 2018 from 7.30pm to 9pm

  • Friday 24 August 2018 from 7.30pm to 9pm

  • Saturday 25 August 2018 from 2pm to 3.30pm

  • Saturday 25 August 2018 from 7.30pm to 9pm

    Tickets are priced as follows: Adult: $35.00, Concession: $30.00 and Group (4 persons or more): $30.00pp

    Secure your tickets at Trybooking.

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    "Ravishing theatre….Utterly fascinating…A distinguished piece of work." – New York Daily News

    "An enthralling and luminous play. Haunting, splendid…" – The New York Times

    "Wonderful, moving and purely theatrical. A giant of a play!" – New York Post

    "A moving drama, lofted on poetic wings, it nests in the human heart." – Time

    "Pomerance's tale showcases the triumph of a very human spirit, personified by the sensitive, almost saintly Merrick." – Associated Press

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    When: August 22-25, 7:30 PM
    Where: PACT Centre For Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043
    Cost: $30-$35
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