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TIM: Compelling Australian drama coming to The Art House

By The Art House
Archived 28 Sep 2023 - Posted: 28 Jul 2023
TIM a novel written by Australian icon Colleen McCullough and adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Tim McGarry, will hit The Art House Theatre on August 2nd.

The Art House is one of just eight NSW venues presenting TIM prior to its 2024 national tour. As both a commissioning partner in the creative development of the piece and a vanguard for the delivery of creative and performing arts in Greater Sydney, The Art House team is thrilled to be welcoming a juggernaut drama that is at all levels deeply moving and unequivocally Australian.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most successful novelists, Colleen McCullough first pennedTIM in 1974. Then titled ‘Not The Full Quid’, the captivating novel has sold 30 million copies worldwide and has twice been adapted for film, the first of which starred a young Mel Gibson.

The character Tim is a beautiful 25-year-old labourer, with a mild intellectual disability. He has grown up in a small but loving working-class family who have tried to shelter him from the cruelness of the world but is often the brunt of ridicule by those around him.

Mary is a successful mid-50’s executive with a belief she can live happily and comfortably without friendship or love. Drawn to each other from their first meeting, Mary hires Tim as a gardener. But as the two enjoy a growing friendship, suspicion arises about Mary’s motivations in the minds of those who wish to protect Tim. What began as a chance meeting between them, soon develops into a lifechanging relationship for both.

Whilst Tim’s disability is never labelled in the play, it is a constant, underlying theme, embedded in a story that explores the importance of embracing differences and opening oneself to the fullness of life and the opportunities it has to offer. Filled with notions of love, loss and acceptance, this seminal Australian story has been sensitively adapted for the stage by playwright Tim McGarry (Boy Swallows Universe, There’s A Sea in My Bedroom), with Darren Yap (Diving for Pearls, Miracle City, Letters to Lindy) at the helm as director.

TIM features a stellar cast with Ben Goss, a young man with a disability and recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, in the title role. Joining Ben on stage will be Valerie Bader, Akkshey Caplash, Jeanette Cronin, Andrew McFarlane and Julia Robertson. TIM is produced by Christine Dunstan.


The Art House Presents

TIM

Wed 2 Aug – 7:30PM

Tickets: Adult: $42.00, Concession: $38.00, Art House Members: $35.00, Under 30’s: $25.00, School Groups: $20.00

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