Cosi

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  • Louis Nowra's Cosi
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An Aussie classic full of comedy mayhem.

Cosi   by Louis Nowra

Directors: Lelle Coombes and Isabelle Moy
Assisted by Alex Simpson

Dates: May 6 to 21, 2022

This heart-warming and hilarious Australian comedy returns to Maitland Repertory Theatre for the second time in 16 years. Set in a psychiatric facility, Così is a play about friendship, romance, community and difference. It’s 1971 and Australia is protesting the war in Vietnam. But inside the hospital, the resident patients are listening to Mozart, learning their lines and occasionally skipping their medication. It’s art, it’s mayhem, it’s a wonderful roller coaster all the way to opening night.

The icing on the cake is that it’s all based on playwright Louis Nowra’s own life. In the 1970s, he himself directed a musical with patients from Melbourne’s Mont Park Psychiatric Hospital. The one-off performance brought joy to everyone involved.

Now, Reamus Youth Theatre brings this joy to our stage. With its cast of loveable characters, Così offers a touching reminder of how art can make our spirits soar.

Content Warning

Strong language, adult themes and theatrical haze.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Opening Night!

Come along at 7:30pm on Friday 6 May and help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

All tickets $20

Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@mrt.org.au for more details
We accept Dine and Discover Vouchers - call 0466 332 766 (10am - 2pm daily) to book using your voucher.

Season Tickets

A Season Ticket is the best value way of seeing our performances. Find out more here.

Bookings

Bookings will open about 2 months before the show and you can book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily).

Directors

Lelle Coombes and Isabelle Moy
Assisted by Alex Simpson

The Cast

Lewis - Richard Rae
Roy - Grant Bailey
Cherry - Kaysia Dowie / Bronte Fegan
Julie - Amelia Chorlton / Samantha Rogers
Doug - Joshua Buscombe
Lucy - Isabelle Moy / Maddison Lamb
Nick - Thomas Henry
Henry - Chris Henderson
Ruth - Lisa Agnew / Amelia Chorlton
Zac - Luke Bell
Justine - Bronte Fegan / Kaysia Dowie

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
May: Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13, Saturday 14, Friday 20, Saturday 21

Matinees at 2:00pm:
May: Saturday 7**, Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 21
Doors open 30 minutes before performances

** Change of Date
We apologise, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the performance that was scheduled for Sunday 8 May at 2pm has been moved to Saturday 7 May at 2pm. Ticketholders will be contacted and offered a transfer or refund.

Performance rights for COSI exclusively licensed by
HLA Management Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (hla@hlamgt.com.au)

COVID Safe Conditions of Entry

The safety of our community is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and well-being of everyone.

All visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask and are asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and exercise proper physical distancing while on site.

You are not permitted to enter Maitland Repertory Theatre if you:

    • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
    • have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious)
    • are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
    • reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
    • have visited a designated COVID-19 hot spot and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days
    • have returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days