Vere (Faith)

08 Oct – 26 Oct, Dunstan Playhouse


Presented by State Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company
By John Doyle

The Big Bang created a future from nothing. For the esteemed Professor of Physics Vere, the future is nothing.

One minute he is trading witty anecdotes with his colleagues and students and about to take up a job with the CERN Laboratory in Switzerland. The next, he receives a shattering diagnosis and learns that everything he knows will all too soon slip away.

Just what is faith to different people? To some, it’s knowing that there is a God. To others, it’s knowing the architecture of the cosmos. And to Vere, it’s knowing that, at the end of it all, his wife Holly is out there waiting for him. Somewhere.

As rich, full-bodied and cheeky as a Grange, this witty, moving and ultimately uplifting world premiere play by John Doyle (ABC’s Changi, Two Men & A Tinnie, Roy and HG) will take you on an exhilarating ride through history, maths, physics, religion, archaeology and astronomy: and bring you back to a meditation on family, spirituality and human frailty.

A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company and starring local legend Paul Blackwell (When The Rain Stops Falling, The Hypochondriac) in the eponymous role, Vere (Faith) will premiere in Adelaide before transferring to Sydney for a season at the Sydney Opera House.

Running time - 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.


Directed by
Sarah Goodes

Set Designer
Pip Runciman 

Costume Designer
Renée Mulder

Lighting Designer
Nigel Levings 

Composer/Sound Designer
Steve Francis

Assistant director
Nescha Jelk 

Cast includes
Matilda Bailey, Paul Blackwell, Matthew Gregan, Ksenja Logos,
Rebecca Massey, Geoff Morrell & Yalin Ozucelik

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