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THE TWINS, a new Australian play starring Greg Fleet and Ian Darling, will have its world premiere season at The Studio, Holden Street Theatres for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe.
THE TWINS sees two old school friends, Greg and Ian, reuniting 40 years after playing the twins in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, to rework it as a two-hander.
A heart breaking and hilarious new play about trust; remembering and forgetting to remember; loss; regret; love; pain and glory.
Written by Greg Fleet, Ian Darling, Sarah Butler and directed by Sarah Butler and Terry Serio, THE TWINS is produced by Shark Island Institute and The ArtsLab Kangaroo Valley, and is one of only a handful of interstate productions crossing the border to take part in Adelaide Fringe.
The show has been coined ‘theatre verite’ because the characters are real people, played by themselves.
Although Greg and Ian’s lives took different paths; they are now reunited, but who is playing who?
It’s a play about fathers and the shadows they leave, the labels we give to others and ourselves and the burden and guilt these two friends carry as a result. This is an achingly honest account that sees privilege and heroin joined at the hip.
Greg Fleet is an award-winning actor, comedian, playwright and author. His acting career began opposite Nicole Kidman in 1984 and he went on to star in, amongst other things, Prisoner, Underbelly: Squizzy, Neighbours and the series Wolf Creek, as well as treading the boards in Twelfth Night for the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Developing a stand-up career that saw him acclaimed all over the world, Greg’s comedy across TV, film, radio and theatre, and the honesty with which he speaks about his long-term drug addiction, have made him one of the most respected, beloved and in-debt stand-up comics around.
Ian Darling is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, who is returning to the stage for the first time in 40 years. His Director credits include The Final Quarter, Paul Kelly — Stories of Me, In the Company of Actors, The Oasis, Suzy & the Simple Man, Alone Across Australia, Woodstock for Capitalists and Polly and Me. He is an Executive Producer of Paper and Glue, On The Record, 2040, The Fourth Estate, The Bleeding Edge, Unrest, Inventing Tomorrow and How to Change the World.
Ian is Executive Director of Shark Island Institute, Founder of voxdocs, Good Pitch Australia, Documentary Australia Foundation, and Patron of the ArtsLab, Kangaroo Valley. He has been Chair of The Caledonia Foundation since 2001, was a former Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Sarah is a founder and Artistic Director of The ARTS LAB Kangaroo Valley – an arts program featuring new films, music, theatre, and conversations, with an emphasis on engagement with audience and community.
Director Terry Serio is well known for his performances in theatre, film, television and as a musician. He won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Bob Hawke and John Howard in the runaway success of 2006-08, Keating! (Company B – Belvoir Street Theatre). His numerous film and television credits include He Died With a Felafel in his Hand, Dirty Deeds and Shout! The Story of Johnny O’Keefe, for which he received AFI nomination for Best Actor for his work in the leading role.
THE TWINS will tour Sydney from late March and Melbourne later this year.