Cosi 17-19 June 2021


In a burnt-out old theatre adjoining the grounds of a mental hospital in 1970s Australia, a motley crew is assembling. Corralled by the manic depressive Roy – in equal parts endearing and insufferable – and encouraged by social worker Justin, the eccentric group of patients is attempting to stage a production of Mozart’s opera, Cosi fan Tutte.
Fresh out of university and somewhat adrift, Lewis has agreed to direct the amateur production, but between the impossibly elaborate artistic vision of Roy, the laborious obsessive compulsion of Ruth, the escapist tendencies of pyromaniac Doug and the small hurdle that no one can sing, Lewis has his work cut out for him.
Against a backdrop of political activism during the Vietnam War, Lewis begins to realise what truly matters to him, as he works outside the box to get this unusual production off the ground. The more time he spends with these patients, the more he realises they understand something his friends on the outside don’t.

Director – Khym Harris

Khym has always been passionate about education and theatre and working with Atwea is the perfect opportunity to combine both with a love of storytelling. After teaching theatre sports and writing and directing school musicals, Khym returned to Newcastle to continue to build her skills in the theatre.

Khym has performed in many Newcastle productions including Shout, The Boy from Oz (Metropolitans Players; Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wedding Singer (SNAP Productions), Miss Saigon (Opera Hunter), Into the Woods (Pantseat Performing Arts) and is soon to tread the boards again in Chess (The Very Popular Theatre Company).

Khym is passionate about supporting the Arts through music and theatre and is excited to make her directorial debut in Newcastle with Cosi.

COSI Cast as follows:

Lewis – Harrison Bishop

Lucy – Alison Lancey

Nick – PJ Willis

Justine – Melina Hicks

Roy – Paul Sansom

Henry – Michael King

Doug – Mike Peters

Cherry – Pip Spicer

Julie – Ayla Kaan

Ruth – Emma Hain

Zac – Drew Pitman

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