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An irreverent and delicious farce where the old world meets the new.

Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back.

In this world premiere, Hilary Bell adapts Molière’s classic satire for  contemporary Australian audiences.

The Hypochondriac critiques a society of overdiagnosis and over-prescription that has us clamouring for short-cut fixes and pharmaceuticals.

The Hypochondriac is an hilarious farce for our times where all’s well that ends well and a little bit of sense triumphs over the unreasonable.

At Darlinghurst Theatre Company / Eternity Playhouse, from 9 June - 1 July 2018.

Cast: Darren Gilshenan, Lucia Mastrantone, Emma Harvie, Gabriel Fancourt, Jamie Oxenbould, Sophie Gregg and Monica Sayers
Adaptation: Hilary Bell
Director: Jo Turner
Production Designer: Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson

Photo by Robert Catto, on Saturday, 9 June 2018. Please credit & tag the photographer when images are used - @robertcatto on Instagram & Twitter, @robertcattophotographer on Facebook.

Eternity Playhouse, June 16 4.5/10 The French have a flair for lightness. It aerates their cooking, from choux pastry to souffle, their music from Offenbach to Satie, and even their very language, with all those silent consonants. And of course it is especially prevalent in their humour, from Voltaire to Tati, with Moliere the godfather […]




Playhouse, June 12, until July 1 8/10 Assassins may be that rarity, a musical that’s still daring, edgy and innovative 28 years on, but it was instantly obvious that Bobby Fox’s fall when his character, Charles Guiteau, is hanged, was not scripted. David Campbell (playing the lead role of John Wilkes Booth) announced an unscheduled […]


The Wharf Revue

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Riverside Theatre, September 7 7.5/10 It might reasonably seem that a political universe peopled with such buffoons and grotesques as Trump, Kim, Putin, Duterte, Hanson, Roberts, Bernardi and Abbott, plus such featherweight blowhards as Turnbull, Bishop, Cash, Pyne, Shorten and Boris Johnson, leaves the poor satirist with nowhere to go. Save your sympathy. Jonathan Biggins, […]