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Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA presents Oil by Ella Hickson


Prices: $30 - $110

How do we manage our finite resources? Is there any resource more infinite than love?

From the stage of London's Almeida Theatre hails this epic, explosive play about empire, history, and motherhood as it charts the lifespan of one of our most precious commodities. Starring Hayley McElhinney (Doctor Doctor, The Cherry Orchard) with a formidable ensemble of actors under the direction of Adam Mitchell (When the Rain Stops Falling, Every Brilliant Thing), Oil is an exciting and relevant new work for our time and place. 1886, Cornwall, a family are preparing for dinner by candlelight. A salesman arrives at their farm to demonstrate a wonderful new discovery - the kerosene lamp. The age of oil is beginning. Spanning 150 years and traversing the globe through Tehran, Hampstead, Baghdad, and then back to Cornwall, Oil is the time travelling story of mother May and her daughter Amy as they navigate a shifting world.

"Oil is everything great theatre should be; ambitious, exciting, and brimming with heart. It takes us on a journey of big ideas in the search for light. It's the kind of play that comes about once in a decade." Adam Mitchell, Director "Scorchingly ambitious, with plenty of renewable energy."

The Guardian Recommended 15+

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    Event Showings

    5 November - 27 November | Various times

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    Ticketed event

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    174 William Street

    Perth WA 6000

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    Auslan Interpreting

    Closed Captioning

    Wheelchair access