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Water Review, Sydney Theatre
The most impressive theatre production out at the moment is Water, created by Filter and Lyric Hammersmith. Performed in the capacious yet intimate Sydney Theatre, this glorious production combines sound, lights and grand stage settings to create an orgasm for the senses. Never before has the use of aural and visual stimulus created such a monumental experience.



The story spans over two decades and follows two independent stories that interlock seamlessly to convey their eloquent connections to water. We begin in England, where both journeys start. Graham, a lonely and routine ridden professor gets a unexpected call from his half brother in America, informing him of their father's death.

Coincidently, Claire a young and ambitious political aide is about to embark on a work trip to America to tackle issues of climate change, while her recently ex-boyfriend is about to attempt breaking the world record for deep water cave diving.

Both individuals travel on a synchronised path that leads them to their destination. They each unravel at the seams due to their vastly different yet equally poignant discoveries.


Graham struggles with the grief of losing in father and realising the man he based his life aspirations on may not be who he thought he was. The struggle between the two half brothers plays on a tug-o-war between what was imagined and what really was.

In Claire's carefully put together world, everything begins to feel fragile with some unexpected news. Her attempt at severing ties with her ex-boyfriend has life changing consequences as he attempts an even more dangerous record breaking dive.

This strikingly entertaining performance had me scared to blink, as I didn't want to miss a thing. Witty and dynamic, the play delves into the depths of human emotion and how water can provoke, heal, enlighten and asphyxiate.

Due to its cinematic proportions, Water is more like a film than a play and it is executed perfectly. This play is truly beautiful and reveals itself in layers for days after you've seen it. It's an undeniable must-see theatre production.

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When: 12/09/2012-23/09/2012
Phone: (02) 9250 1999
Where: Sydney Theatre
Cost: $40-$79
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