Aussie clas­sic gets a fresh start

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Ho­tel Sor­rento is one of the best-known works by multi-award-win­ning play­wright Han­nie Rayson.

In 1990 when it was first staged, it won a pres­ti­gious Aus­tralian Writ­ers Guild award, a NSW Pre­mier’s Lit­er­ary Award and a Green Room Award for best play.

It has since en­joyed 50 tours in Aus­tralia and around the world, was crit­i­cally ac­claimed on Lon­don’s West End, was made into an award-win­ning film screened in­ter­na­tion­ally and has been trans­lated into many lan­guages in­clud­ing French, Ja­panese and Swedish.

Now the story is get­ting a new lease of life with some of Aus­tralia’s most re­spected ac­tors trans­port­ing au­di­ences to the nor­mally quiet sea­side town of Sor­rento, to wit­ness the com­edy and the drama of a fam­ily brought to the brink.

Part of this res­ur­rec­tion will be a pre­sen­ta­tion of the play at Hor­sham Town Hall on July 7.

The Hor­sham pro­duc­tion fea­tures a large cast in­clud­ing Joanne Booth from Neigh­bours and House Hus­bands; Ruth Caro, Home and Away and the Glass Menagerie; Den­nis Coard as Wall, Aus­tralia Day and Home and Away; Kim Den­man, All My Love, West Side Story; and Mike Smith, The 39 Steps and Billy El­liot – the Mu­si­cal.

Ho­tel Sor­rento is a look at what hap­pens when three sis­ters re­unite af­ter 10 years apart, bring­ing new per­spec­tives on old is­sues.

Vet­eran ac­tor Coard said he and the cast were ex­cited at the prospect of com­ing to the Wim­mera.

“Bring­ing Ho­tel Sor­rento to Hor­sham is some­thing I know the whole cast is look­ing for­ward to,” he said.

“This is such a funny yet mov­ing show and we are re­ally en­joy­ing the chal­lenge of giv­ing it a new en­ergy and shar­ing that with the lo­cals.

“While the story is set in Sor­rento in Vic­to­ria, it could just as eas­ily re­flect a fam­ily story from Hor­sham or War­rackn­abeal where the se­crets and the sto­ries of the past sud­denly be­come is­sues to face here and now.”

Chris­tine Har­ris and her com­pany HIT Pro­duc­tions, which has brought many shows to the re­gion, has pro­duced the show.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud to be able to bring Ho­tel Sor­rento to Hor­sham,” Ms Har­ris said.

“This is the 100th tour HIT has un­der­taken and I couldn’t think of a bet­ter play to cel­e­brate that mile­stone. It’s heart­warm­ing, funny with a touch of dra­matic mys­tery creat­ing a clas­sic Aussie story.”

Award-win­ning di­rec­tor Denny Lawrence heads the pro­duc­tion team af­ter his re­cent suc­cess in­clud­ing tours of All My Love, Glo­ri­ous!, Shirley Valen­tine, Al­ways... Patsy Cline and Ed­u­cat­ing Rita.

Hor­sham Town Hall mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Cha­ree Smith said Ho­tel Sor­rento’s bit­ter­sweet tale ex­plored a story line that was rel­e­vant to to­day’s so­ci­ety.

“It’s por­trayed with great beauty, a few laughs and maybe a tear or two, and it’s a great hon­our to sup­port this re­gional tour,” she said.

Tick­et­ing de­tails are avail­able on­line at hor­sham­town­hall.com.au or by phon­ing 5382 9555.

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