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Così by La Boite Theatre Company

Così by La Boite Theatre Company

| On 16, Feb 2014

La Boite Theatre Company brings one of Australia’s most beloved plays to stage, Così.

Written by Australian playwright Louis Nowra, the play is one of the most well known Australian works.

It was first performed in Sydney in 1992 and later was adapted into film in 1996 starring Barry Otto and Toni Collette.

Così is set in 1971, Melbourne and explores the life of Lewis Riley who lands a job as a director/drama teacher at a mental hospital.

He is faced with the challenge of directing the Mozart opera Così fan tutte.

The issues he faces are the fact the production is an opera, it’s in Italian and the cast will be chosen from the few patients that speak English.


La Boîte Theatre Company. Image by Dylan Evans.


The production will star Jessica Marais and James Stewart known for their roles in Aussie TV hit Packed to the Rafters.

David Berthold, a long-time Louis Nowra collaborator, will direct the show performing on the Roundhouse stage.


La Boîte Theatre Company. Image by Dylan Evans.

is a weird and wonderful story that forces Lewis to tackle not only the pressures from inside the ward but his own personal afflictions and the wider societal problems with the raging Vietnam War.

“…he (Lewis) begins to realise the frightening and attractive power of madness, politics, theatre and love.” (La Boite, 2014).


The Details
What: Così
Where: Roundhouse Theatre, The Works Level 5, 6-8 Musk Avenue,
Kelvin Grove Village, Brisbane
When: 8th February – 8th March
Tues & Wed 6.30pm
Thurs – Sat 7.30pm
Selected 11am and 2pm matinees
How Much: $25 – $68
Contact: (07) 3007 8600