The world premiere of A History of Everything, commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company, will be part of Sydney Festival in January 2012, with a European tour to follow.
Playing at The Wharf from 13 January to 5 February, 2012 A History of Everything is the result of a collaboration between members of STC’s The Residents company and Ontroerend Goed, The Belgian theatre makers responsible for festival sensation Once And For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up And Listen. Under the direction of Ontroerend Goed’s Artistic Director Alexander Devriendt, the performance will try to make explicable the ungraspable history of our world and universe from very personal points of view. It will move backwards in time, presenting a world map that descends from Eurocentric back to the original concept of super continent Panagaea.
Designed to present a history of everything from the big bang up until today, the performance is based on the works of Richard Dawkins’ evolution theory, Brian Greene’s take on cosmology, and on E.H Gombrich’s A Little History of the World. The bestselling novel Sum by neuroscientist David Eagleman is featured in fragments through the play, contrasting the history of everything with hints of possible hereafters.
STC Residents Cameron Goodall, Tahki Saul and Zindzi Okenyo feature in the cast alongside Ontroerend Goed company members Charlotte de Bruyne, Joeri Smet, Karolien de Bleser and Nathalie Verbeke.
A History of Everything is presented in association with Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Drum Theatre Plymouth and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.
Please note: A History of Everything contains strong language and sexually explicit material. Director: Alexander Devriendt. Designer: Sophie de Somere. Box Office: (02) 9250 1777. sydneytheatre.com.au Tickets: $30 — $45 (transaction fees may apply) 13 January to 5 February 2012. Opening night: Tuesday 17 January at 8.15pm Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Text by Alexander Devriendt and Joeri Smet in collaboration with the cast, and with fragments of Sum by David Eagleman