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In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

20 October - 4 November 2018 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

20 October - 4 November 2018 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre

By Sarah Ruhl

Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company

Single Tickets On Sale 2 January 2018. Ticket Packages available now through bsstc.com.au.

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play is a sassy play about power and passion. Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the curious chapter in the early history of psychotherapy, when women were treated with a certain mechanical device. And thus began the peculiar history of the vibrator…

Set in the 1880s, just after the advent of electricity, In the Next Room takes place in the adjoining parlour and consulting room of Dr Givings, who specialises in treating “hysteria” in women. Brisk, clinical and efficient in manner, he obsesses on the marvels of technology and what it can do for his patients. Although highly observant, he fails to notice that his wife, Catherine, is feeling neglected. Seeking the companionship of her husband’s patients, she soon begins to discover the truth about what goes on ‘in the next room’.

A fantastically funny and marvellously entertaining bodice ripper about true love and orgasms. Nominated for three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, this is a play guaranteed to hit the spot!

“Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling.” New York Times


Cast and Crew

Director Jeffrey J Fowler
Set and Costume Designer Alicia Clements
Lighting Designer Lucy Birkinshaw
Composer/Sound Designer Ash Gibson Greig
Cast includes Rebecca Davis, Jo Morris, Tariro Mavondo


Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.
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