Following two sold-out seasons at the Galway Theatre Festival and an Irish national tour, Justin Martin’s production of Clare McIntyre’s award-winning play Low Level Panic is coming to the Old Fitz Theatre. Thread Entertainment, following on from the success of 80 Minutes No Interval, is proud to present this foul-mouthed, funny and unflinching exploration of the ways in which we view women’s lives, their bodies, their safety and their sexuality.
In our society, where femininity is often sanitised and represented in the terms of male fantasy, Low Level Panic is a breath of fresh air. The play presents female sexuality and self-image through the eyes of three women; three housemates who bicker over bathroom time, fight over the significance of pornos, fantasize and party.
Director Justin Martin has spent the last two years directing on the new Netflix series The Crown under triple Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry as well as working as Associate Director on Skylight (starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy on Broadway and the West End), The Audience (starring Helen Mirren and Kristen Scott Thomas on Broadway and the West End), and international productions of Billy Elliott the Musical.
“Amidst the recent reaction to Rebecca Maddern’s choice of dress on the Footy Show, or Cricketer Chris Gayle’s propositioning of Channel 10 sports reporter Mel McLaughlin, Clare’s play appears as resonant in an Australian context as it was in Ireland or the UK,” Martin said.
“The rise of the internet has seen a change in our experiences of anonymity and voyeurism. Images of women, which twenty years ago would have graced the pages of soft-core magazines, now advertise everything from fizzy drinks to chocolate bars and are beamed directly to our phones. Porn may have changed in the last twenty years, but attitudes to women and female sexuality have not. Young girls are still instructed to dress in a way so as not to attract unwanted attention. Breast-feeding mothers are asked to cover up in some cafes to prevent offending patrons with the sight of pornography whilst they digest their corn fritters. Women worldwide continue to berate themselves for not having a thigh gap like the digitally enhanced models gracing our magazine covers. To this world, Claire McIntyre’s Low Level Panic, is a big ‘F**k you!’”
Geraldine Hakewill (Channel 7’s Wanted, The Pride), Amy Ingram (QTC’s The Odd Couple, The Seagull), and Kate Skinner (Music, The Great Lie of the Western World) will be starring in this gutsy production.
“Martin’s innovative production succeeds in balancing high entertainment with a probing of issues that are becoming more and more pressing in our contemporary mediatised culture. ★★★★1⁄2” – The Public Reviews
“Low level panic, high level theatre… foul-mouthed and funny” – Galway Advertiser
“[Justin Martin’s production] anatomises this uncompromising text with a rattling urgency while celebrating the simmering comedy around which Clare McIntyre wraps her feminist missile.” – Irish Theatre Magazine
Venue: Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street (Cnr Cathedral Street), Woolloomooloo
Season: 12 July – 12 August 2016
Times: Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sunday 5pm
Price: $38 Adult, $33 Concession, $28 Previews and Cheap Tuesday
Image by Tony Davison