Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.

By Brooke Robinson

4 May - 16 June

PERFORMANCE TIMES

Monday – Friday 7pm*
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 6 June 2pm & 7pm

*Except Monday 11 June

A portrait of a woman slipping through the cracks of Sydney’s housing crisis. It’s not a comfortable play—it’s a critical one.

Where do you go when you don’t have a home?

Coming home one night, Sandra learns she has two weeks to move out. It’s nothing personal, her housemates just have a friend who needs somewhere to stay. No choice but to pack up and find another sharehouse. But Sandra is in her 50s. And affordable places are hard to find in the ruthless Sydney rental market. In one interview after another, she contorts herself into the shape of what she thinks people want in a housemate. But with each rejection she becomes increasingly desperate, losing control of her life in frighteningly simple ways.

Brooke Robinson has written an unflinching examination of homelessness, asking how willing we are, as a society, to take care of our most vulnerable. As the housing crisis worsens, what happens to people like Sandra – to those who don’t own a home, who are getting older and don’t have family to fall back on?

Funny until it’s not, Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. is a devastating portrait of someone slipping through the cracks. It’s not a comfortable play—it’s a critical one. And under the direction of Marion Potts, looking away is not an option.

Director Marion Potts
Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Sound Designer & Composer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Khym Scott
With Fayssal Bazzi, Tara Morice, Kelly Paterniti
 

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Join us for the second Griff-In Conversation of 2018: a panel discussion around the uncomfortable—but undeniably urgent—questions this play raises. Saturday 26 May, 3.30pm

 

Warnings
Show contains use of strobe and haze

 

Trailer

 

Meet the Creative Team


Lee Lewis on Good Cook. Friendly. Clean

Preview 4 – 8 May
Opening Nights 9 & 10 May
Season 11 May – 16 June


Performance Times

Monday – Friday 7pm*
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 6 June 2pm & 7pm

*Please note, there is no performance on Monday 11 June

Meet The Artists Tuesday 22 May
Griff-In Conversation Saturday 26 May
Captioned Performance Tuesday 5 June

Running Time

75 minutes with no interval

Pricing

Adult $60
Concession, Senior, Preview, Groups 8+ $50
Under 35 $38

Transaction fees of $4 for online bookings and $6 for phone bookings apply 

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Is this the greatest risk facing older women?
Homelessness. Fear. Poverty. These are some of the things women have to look forward to in their old age according to a new report from the Council on the Aging NSW…Read more
– Sydney Morning Herald

 

Homeless older women
They’re the hidden face of homelessness, over-55 women, who often come from middle-class backgrounds, but find themselves on the streets due to divorce, injury and/or a lack of superannuation…Watch now
– The Project, Channel 10

 

Sydney teens speak: time to mention the ‘p’ word
I’d rather feel clean than feel full.” These are the words of a young homeless woman named Alexa. Every month she is forced to choose between a meal and a pack of pads. While she may choose the pads, many other women in similar situations don’t, and instead must find their own alternativesRead more
– Sydney Morning Herald


Women on the Edge
Insight reveals the true extent of a hidden issue: women and homelessness…Watch now


Ageing women in financial strife the new face of Australian homelessness
Charities are reporting increases of up to 44 per cent in the number of older women seeking homelessness services in the past five years and government stats are showing half a million women will fall into housing stress over the next two decadesRead more
– The Daily Telegraph

 

Single women face a frightening future of homelessness in Australia
The real number of older women in housing stress, and at imminent risk of homelessness, is staggeringly high. More than 330,000 single women over 45 in Australia are living in conditions of serious economic stress. And their prospects are not good…Read more
– Sydney Morning Herald

“Directed with a steady, compassionate hand by Marion Potts, Tara Morice’s Sandra is the centre of the play and you can’t look away from her for a second.” ★★★★ Cassie Tongue, Time Out

“The cast is a blessing: Tara Morice can do more with a look and prolonged silence than many can do with a full soliloquy, while Fayssal Bazzi and Kelly Paterniti are abundantly talented and able to carry off their various and wildly diverse characters and the weight of the action…Good Cook, Friendly, Clean should be at the top of your “to do” list.” Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“Playwright Robinson has identified something so ugly but so accurate, about modern Australia, and the reflection she offers up through the mirror of her play, is so hideous, it is almost unbearable to watch. We do of course, find ourselves mesmerised by the car crash scenario, a human catastrophe unfolding before our eyes, powerfully directed by Marion Potts who never once lets us off the hook.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See

“…an electric performance from Morice.” Jason Blake, Audrey Journal