In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play

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‘Sarah Ruhl has come up with something rather wonderful:
a period drama that is funny, original and genuinely touching’ Daily Telegraph

In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)

by Sarah Ruhl

A Victorian Dramatic Comedy

Director: Danny Shaunessy

Dates: June 29 to July 17, 2022

Late 19th Century New York State - a time of great innovation and social change.

While enthusiasm grows among the well-to-do for the new electric light bulb, Doctor Givings has been working on his own strange electrical device. His aim is to treat female hysteria, but his first patient emerges from her first session glowing and keen to return.

The acclaimed play by Sarah Ruhl revolves around the reverberations, physical and emotional, of the late-19th-century use of electrical gizmos to treat female “hysteria”.

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, is a provocative, touching and entertaining dramatic comedy about sex and intimacy.

Content Warning

In the Next Room contains adult themes.

Running time

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

Opening Night!

Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday 29 June and help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

$30 (full), $25 (concession)
Group Concessions 10+: $25
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@mrt.org.au for more details

Season Tickets

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

Bookings

Book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily).

Director

Danny Shaunessy

The Cast

Dr. Givings - Matt Scoles
Mrs Givings - Isabelle Moy
Mr Daldry - Declan Power
Mrs Daldry - Connie Voisey-Barlin
Annie - Rhiannon McDonald
Leo - Daniel Bourke
Elizabeth - Alana Burton
Prompt and stand-in - Amanda Strong

Revised** Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
June: Wednesday 29
July: Friday 1, Saturday 2, Friday 15, Saturday 16, Sunday 17

Matinees at 2:00pm:
July: Sunday 10, Saturday 16, Sunday 17
Doors open 30 minutes before performances


** Due to heavy rain and local flooding the two performances scheduled for Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July at 8pm have been postponed and rescheduled to Saturday 16 July at 2pm and Sunday 17 July at 8pm.
Ticket holders are being contacted.

By arrangement with ORiGiNTM Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French
A Concord Theatricals Company

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)
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