“I tell you… This country… There is something else going on here. Something that no-one talks about.” A man and a woman are torn apart by a tragic loss. Bound together by their shared pain but living thousands of miles apart.

From two different continents, and two leading playwrights, comes an exhilarating double bill that explores the lives of two seemingly unconnected people in unexpected and heart-rending ways.

In Tom Holloway’s Dead Centre we meet Helen, who packs her bags and leaves Britain inspired by a Fosters ad, journeying to the land of Neighbours and Uluru in search of solace. In Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall, Alex’s story begins full of smiles as he speaks about his wife, visiting her father in the South of France, having a daughter, photography, and the bottom of the sea. But all is not as it seems.

These beautifully written companion pieces explore family, place and how we deal with things that cannot be undone.

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
2 Actors, 1 Stage Manager, 1 Production Manager (If required)

Projection Some mild course language

Red Stitch is an ensemble of artists who share a commitment to excellence in our craft. We are inspired by great contemporary writing and driven by our need to investigate the world. Our performances are bold in their honesty, enhanced by the intimacy of the Red Stitch stage. We are an artist driven company who develop, curate and present work from Australian and around the world. We ask questions of ourselves, of our audience and of the works we produce. At Red Stitch, we work with our core ensemble and actively seek collaborations with actors, directors, designers, playwrights and organisations. Together, we continue to develop and enrich the future of Australian theatre.

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Unique Selling Point

These two beautifully written companion monologues, written by Green Room and AWGIE award-winning Tom Holloway (Dead Centre) and Olivier award-winning Simon Stephens (Sea Wall), speak to each other in vibrant and colourful ways and provide a snapshot of modern life told through the lens of life, loss and all that comes in between

Marketing Materials

Comprehensive press pack Post show QA sessions Workshops/Skillshares Trailer Video Professional Images Marketing and Promotion support through social media platforms Schools educations pack / teacher notes

Community Engagement

As the world grows smaller with the onset of technology and ever-expanding globalisation, countries can speak to each other artistically across borders and time zones and representations of different countries on our theatre stage have become more widespread, this production provides the opportunity to connect across continents and shows that distance is no obstacle .
This story will inspire the audiences to believe you can overcome loss, grief and distance through strong story telling and emotional connection.