Counting and Cracking
எண்ணிக்கை, இல்லையேல் கையோங்கு
ගණන් නොගන්නේ නම් ගණන් කරන්න

In collaboration with Belvoir St Theatre, Carriageworks welcomes the internationally acclaimed Counting and Cracking for a strictly limited season in 2024. The recipient of 14 major awards, including Best Production and Best Direction at the Helpmann Awards, Counting and Cracking comes to Carriageworks after successful runs at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh Festivals.

Image 1: 2022 Production at Birmingham Rep, image by Geraint Lewis.
Images 2 & 3: 2019 Production at Sydney Town Hall, image by Brett Boardman

28 Jun – 21 Jul, 2024

Bay 17

Approx. 3hrs 30mins (incl. 2 intervals)

On the shores of the Georges River, Radha and her son Siddhartha scatter the ashes of Radha’s mother, severing their ties to Sri Lanka’s past struggles and embracing life in Australia.

A phone call from Colombo abruptly revives their past, setting the stage for a narrative that explores themes of love, political unrest, home, exile, and the complexities of family dynamics.

S. Shakthidharan
Writer and Associate Director

 

Eamon Flack
Director and Associate Writer

 

 

CAST
Rodney Afif
Prakash Belawadi
Antonythasan Jesuthasan
Nadie Kammallaweera
Ahi Karunaharan
Abbie-Lee Lewis
Gandhi McIntyre
Shiv Palekar
Sukhbir Singh Walia
Kaivalya Suvarna
Nipuni Sharada
Rajan Velu
Sukania Venugopal

MUSICIANS
Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda
Janakan Raj
Venkhatesh Sritharan

 

CREATIVES
Anandavalli
Costume and Cultural Advisor

Dale Ferguson
Set and Costume Designer

Damien Cooper
Lighting Designer

Stefan Gregory
Sound Designer and Composer

2019 – NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack

2019 – Victorian Premier’s Literary Award S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best Production of a Play Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best New Australian Work S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best Direction of a Play Eamon Flack & S. Shakthidharan for Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best Male Actor in a Play Prakash Belawadi – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role Vaishnavi Suryaprakash – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best Scenic Design Dale Ferguson – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Helpmann Award – Best Sound Design Stefan Gregory – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Sydney Theatre Award – Best Mainstage Production Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Sydney Theatre Award – Best New Australian Work S. Shakthidharan – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Sydney Theatre Award – Best Original Score Stan Gregory – Belvoir / Co-Curious

2019 – Victorian Premier’s Literary Award S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack

A Belvoir St Theatre production, co-produced with Kurinji. Co-commissioned by Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Belvoir. Originally co-produced with Co-Curious.

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