This fascinating and erotic play from Australia pays homage to film noir. Nine parallel lives – interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto – are woven through a series of fragmented confessionals where the lines between right and wrong become dangerously blurred. Bovell delves into secrets and lies revealing a darker side of human nature. A thoroughly modern mystery, Speaking in Tongues twists and turns in spooky and unexpected ways.

Bovell co-wrote the screenplay for Baz Luhrmann’s hit movie, Strictly Ballroom.

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A Company Theatre Production, in association with Canadian Stage

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Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission

Audience Advisory:  This production contains strong language and mature themes, and is not suitable for younger students.  Stage haze WILL be used; those with respiratory conditions should contact the Box Office for more information. Please arrive on time: latecomers will not be seated until after the first scene, which is approximately 20 minutes long.

Cast & Artists

    • Richard Clarkin
    • Pete / Neil / John
    • Jonathan Goad
    • Leon / Nick
    • Helene Joy
    • Jane / Sarah
    • Yanna McIntosh
    • Sonja / Valerie
    • Andrew Bovell
    • Playwright
    • Philip Riccio
    • Director
    • John Thompson
    • Set, Costume & Lighting Designer
    • Michael Laird
    • Sound Designer

The Heart of the Matter

  • 3X3 Interview - Joss Hurtig-Mitchell (Truth, Lies, Relationships)
  • 3X3 Interview - Keith Lewis (Truth, Lies, Relationships)
  • 3X3 Interview - Brad Fisher (Truth, Lies, Relationships)
  • B4Play - CBC Radio's Gregor Craigie interviews Philip Riccio
  • B4Play - CBC Radio's Gregor Craigie interviews Jonathan Goad
  • SPEAKING IN TONGUES (Part 1 of 3)
  • SPEAKING IN TONGUES (Part 2 of 3)
  • SPEAKING IN TONGUES (Part 3 of 3)
  • https://youtube.com/devicesupport

Synopsis

The play begins with two couples. Pete is married to Jane and Sonja is married to Leon. Pete meets Sonja in a bar. Leon meets Jane in a bar. They both go back to hotel rooms, and then return home to their spouses.

We then meet Valerie, Sarah, Neil and Nick. Neil is writing a letter to a former lover. Sarah is Neil's former lover. Valerie is Sarah's therapist. Nick gives Valerie a ride home. She never arrives.

Finally we meet John. He is Valerie's husband. John meets Leon, who is looking for Valerie. As the story comes to a close, the dynamic connections between these nine people become strikingly clear. Through it all, each person tries desperately to find fulfillment, and the line between right and wrong becomes dangerously blurred.