Apples and Pears: Sydney Theatre

November 8, 2013 by  
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Hiding from the criminal mate he betrayed, lonely chess-mad Max hatches a winning plot to defeat his rival.

Geoff Sirmai threatened in Apples and Pears

Geoff Sirmai threatened in Apples and Pears    Photo: Ahron Eisman

But when he opens his front door to a mystery woman, his plan falls apart and he has to improvise for his life to avoid a deadly checkmate.

Sean O’Riordan’s black comedy thriller, set in contemporary North London, explores the dark edges of friendship, love, lust, family and betrayal as two crooks meet up after a lifetime of fear and bitterness.

O’Riordan (Godzone, Mixd Drinx, Kiss of the Alien) was dared to write this play by Lex Marinos, his fellow teacher at the Actors College of Theatre and Television and well-known stage and screen actor (The Slap, Who Do You Think You Are?). They were joined by ACTT colleague Deborah Jones (Holiday in the Sun, Baby with the Bathwater) and actor-producer Tiffany Stoecker as together they work-shopped, honed and polished the final draft for production.

This world premiere production, directed by the writer, features O’Riordan and Jones with Eleanor Ryan (Mixd Drinx, Don’t Tell the Women, The Catastrophists) and Geoff Sirmai (The Merchant of Venice, Every Single Saturday) as Max.  Co-directed by Siobhan Lawless with set design by Andrea Espinoza, costumes by Robin Monkhouse and lighting design by Tony Youlden.

Warning! This hilarious but disturbing play features sadistic dentistry, threats of head renovation… and a dangerous set of stairs.


Apples and Pears by Sean O’Riordan

Nov 7 – 24 at Old 505 Theatre (preview Wed 6 Nov)

Wednesday – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays 7pm

Old 505 Theatre, Suite 505, 342 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

Tickets $25 conc. $15   Bookings   or call

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