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The Grand by Victoria Carless

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THEMES: Ambition, Belonging, Tourism, Dependence


LENGTH: 1 Hour
Cast Size
CAST SIZE: 1 - 2 Cast Members
Target Audience
   PLAYWRIGHT: Victoria Carless
$ 9.95
Name: The Grand
File Size: 1.84MB
File Name: the grand12
File Type: pdf
File Path: stories/virtuemart/product/the grand12.pdf

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(The Grand 
was first produced by White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble as part of The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s Independent Season in The Space Theatre on Novemeber 14, 2013.)

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The Grand has fallen under hard times. Between moss that grows as you watch, birds that just won’t quit and a lack of actual tourists, the hotel sits empty of guests. Save for one. The Grand’s proprietor, Matilda, reluctantly take on a new housekeeper, Eugenia, and as the months pass by a game unfolds distorting the line between real life and fantasy. 

With a dry humor, this cyclical play explores peoples’ ambition and ones sense of belonging. Matilda and Eugenia struggle through a once grand hotel, in a town in the depths of a tourism deficit, solely dependent on one another.

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"The Grand is darkly funny and touches on humanity’s big-ticket items – ambition, belonging and cocktail animals" Artgaze Magazine, October 2013

“Carless has a beautiful turn of phrase and a distinctive theatrical voice, unhurried and mesmerising as she builds the relationship between the two women. Are they half-sisters? Is this an elaborate game between them or merely the fantasy of one woman dying slowly in a poisoned world?” Real Time Arts Magazine, March 2013. 

ISBN: 978 1 921390 72 2

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