13 Sep 2018

Award winning drama on Empire Stage

A highly relatable award winning comedic drama will take to the Empire Theatre stage on Wednesday 26 September for one night only. 


Hotel Sorrento, a play that inspired the film of the same name,  follows the story of three sisters who grew up in the seaside town of Sorrento, reunited after 10 years apart. 


A semi-autobiographical book written by the middle sister triggers familial tensions and the constraining feelings of family life.


Hotel Sorrento is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false.


Director Danny Lawrence said Hotel Sorrento holds up a mirror to the society in which it was written.


“It has universal themes and feels even more relevant than when it premiered in 1990 to a world living in fear, keenly aware of difference and to a nation constantly questioning the nature of being Australian,” Mr Lawrence said.


“The playwright Hannie Rayson perceptively examines these issues through the three sisters who represent different facets of “The Australian”, especially the Australian woman,” he said.

“This is a moving, insightful and often very funny piece of entertaining first-rate theatre.”


Hotel Sorrento is part of the Empire Theatre’s Thrive on Arts, a festival celebrating creativity, storytelling and performance running at the Empire Theatre from September 21-30, during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.


For more information or to book tickets to either performance, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au