COSI by Louis Nowra
Offshore Theatre was very excited to present our production of an Australian play by renowned playwright Louis Nowra, Cosi. Cosi was directed by Amanda Price and was cast with well known actors to Gippsland theatre audiences as well as introducing some new and exciting faces to our company.
Cosi is an autobiographical story from Louis Nowra about his first directing job straight out of university in a time of much turbulence and change on the Australian cultural landscape set amongst the back drop of a divide in public opinion about the Vietnam War.
Set in a mental institution in Melbourne 1973, Lewis a naïve Northcote resident is required to direct a play with patients in an old burnt out theatre on land the institution has purchased next door. There is not much faith in the project by institutional staff but the patients have other ideas, especially Roy who loves Mozart’s opera Cosi fan Tutte and imagines that he and six other patients can pull it off for one magical night. Lewis imagines a much simpler project but is convinced by Roy’s desperate passion to give it a go. The result is a touching, sometimes funny often confronting story about ‘ordinary people living extraordinary lives’.
Cosi was staged with a preview on Thursday 12th of April and then opened on Friday 13th of April at the Cowes Cultural Centre on the corner of Thompson Ave and Church St Cowes and runs until April 21st. Tickets were available to purchase online at Trybooking.com or in person at Alex Scott & Staff in Cowes.
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