Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre presents the Australian premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s The Cane, a provocative study of power and its abuses by one of the most widely performed playwrights of British theatre. Ravenhill’s darkly humorous meditation on institutionalised violence examines how we judge the past, with its different values, by the standards of the present. Entwining private lives with public issues, The Cane examines moral indignation and questions our response to historic injustices.
“The Cane opens a dialogue about our relationship to the past. In this time of shifting moral perspectives, which are testing foundational values, this play could not be more pertinent. Themes such as historical reparation, , patriarchy, coercive control and power dynamics relate directly to #MeToo, Cancel culture, Enough is Enough and educational philosophies. The Cane is a powerful, engaging play that will get you talking.” Kirsten von Bibra, Director.
The Cane is directed by Kirsten von Bibra (Grounded), and features Red Stitch ensemble members Jessica Clarke, Caroline Lee and Dion Mills, with lighting design by Bronwyn Pringle, set and costume design by Lara Week, and sound composition by Adam Casey.
Premiering on April 10 at Red Stitch’s Home on Chapel St, The Cane runs until May 9. Tickets are available at redstitch.net and range between $31-$57.