4pm-5pm Sat 3 Nov


For and Against

A seminar to celebrate the world premiere season of new Australian play
by Rivka Hartman.


In 2013 Shayne ran as the lead NSW Senate candidate for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party in the federal election and later that year she was the driving force behind the registration of the NSW branch. She is also Vice President of Dying with Dignity NSW. Although she has always believed in the principle of dying with dignity, it was following the death of her mother in late 2012 from an aggressive brain cancer that Shayne became passionate and vocal about the need for law reform.

A passionate anti-euthanasia proponent, Reverend Peter Kurti is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney. An ordained minister in the Anglican Church, Peter was Rector of Saint James', King Street in Sydney for eight years before joining the CIS. He is the author of ‘The Tyranny of Tolerance: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia’. Peter is also known for his appearances on the ABC’s Q&A.

Joe Efrem Blackshield is a solicitor employed at a law firm in Albury. Admitted to practice in 2014, his interest and involvement in community issues include volunteering for Community Legal Centres in Port Macquarie and Albury. He was the ALP candidate for the seat of Oxley in the 2011 NSW State elections.

The speakers will each speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions from the audience.

4pm-5pm Sat 3 Nov 2018 (after the 2pm matinee)

FREE ADMISSION, preference given to ticket holders of GIVING UP THE GHOST

Cast Elaine Hudson, Chris Orchard, Madeleine Withington, Andrew Wang

" wit and refreshing honesty." THE BUZZ FROM SYDNEY

Two of Australia’s most respected actors, ELAINE HUDSON and CHRIS ORCHARD come together to play a long-married couple in a new fast-paced comedy from GOLD AWGIE award-winning writer RIVKA HARTMAN.

CHRIS ORCHARD (Melbourne Theatre Company, extensive TV credits including E-Street, Carson’s Law and Young Doctors) plays Ben, a man desperate to connect with his evasive wife Lana, ELAINE HUDSON (Sydney Theatre Company production of ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ /telemovie star as Lindy ‘The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain).
Using their brilliant, beautiful daughter Gemma MADELAINE WITHINGTON as a foil, Lana and Ben use all the wit accumulated over their 40-year marriage in an effort to avoid one critical, irreconcilable issue.

GIVING UP THE GHOST is a classical farce which promises equal entertainment -- with euthanasia its serious and controversial underlying theme.

"Hartman gives the 60+ female a voice, a vibrant addition." J-WIRE

Rivka Hartman began her career as an actor and playwright at La Mama, in Melbourne in the 1970s. She was part of the inaugural year of the Screenwriting Course at the Australian Film Television and Radio School after which she worked as a film and television writer, and film director. Her plays include ‘Dream Girl’, ‘The Psychiatrist’, ‘The Trapped Projectionist’ and ‘Daughters’. And most recently, ‘After Paradise’, 'Wanting', My Mother and Other Catastrophes' and 'Let's Talk about You'. Her radio play ‘Mother Knows Best’ was broadcast on ABC radio and performed at the Sydney Carnivale.

Rivka's film credits include ‘Consolation Prize’ (finalist, Greater Union Awards), ‘A Most Attractive Man’ (AFI Award Best Short Fiction), ‘Bachelor Girl’ (telemovie broadcast on ABC) and ‘The Miniskirted Dynamo’ (Gold AWGIE winner) and most recently, co-writer and co-producer on 'The Ballad of Betty & Joe'.

The late critic and director Bob Ellis has praised Hartman’s previous plays for their “comedic sense as delightful as that of Tom Stoppard in The Real Thing.

Pop Up Theatre presents 

GIVING UP THE GHOST by Rivka Hartman

8pm Wed-Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat - 80 minutes no interval

17 Oct - 3 Nov 2018

$40 full | $34 conc | $30 cheap Wed & previews


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