The Apologists is a one-woman show consisting of three monologues by three writers, each exploring female characters struggling with acts public apology in the face of public scandal.
The show is performed by acclaimed Australian actress, Gabrielle Scawthorn (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, The Killing Fields, Village Bike), Directed by Jane Moriarty (The RSC, The National, Shakespeare's Globe) and written by Lucinda Burnett (Correspondence), Cordelia O’Neill (No Place For A Woman) and Iskandar Sharazuddin (The Life of Cardboard).
A Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is revealed to have requested a white attending doctor for her child when they are rushed into hospital.
A prominent travel writer is held responsible for a suicide after a scathing review.
An employee of an aid organisation demands the recompense she truly needs from the CEO after a disingenuous public apology.
The piece explores the meaning of the act of apology and the complex power play at work between the giver and the receiver of an apology.
The Apologists is a work from the team at Unlikely Productions, developed with the generous support of The Bunker Theatre.
Originating in Australia and newly relocated to London, Unlikely Productions is an emerging production company dedicated to turning unique artistic ideas into action. Formed in 2013 by Hugo Chiarella and Gabrielle Scawthorn, Unlikely Productions work across a variety of platforms and mediums to bring untold stories to international audiences.
Unlikely Productions produced the critically acclaimed, sell-out, Australian premiere of Diana Son’s play Stop Kiss in 2013 in association with ATYP’s Under The Wharf program and The Mardi Gras Festival. The team behind Unlikely Productions are also founding members of the sketch comedy group, I’m With Stupid and have produced content for ABC iView, ABC2, Funny or Die, The Big Smoke and Youtube.
Lead artist, Gabrielle Scawthorn, graduated from NIDA in 2009 and has since studied with The Atlantic Theatre Company (US). Some of her theatre credits include: Stop Kiss (Unlikely Productions),(Sydney Theatre Award Nom), Young Tycoons (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), Young and Jackson (45 Downstairs) Ride and Fourplay (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) Bloodbank (Ensemble), Love's Labours Lost (Sport for Jove), Shakespearealism (Sport for Jove), Hurt (Old 505, Belvoir), E-Baby (Ensemble), (Broadway World Award Nom), Village Bike (Red Line Productions, Cross Pollinate Productions), (Sydney Theatre Award Nom, Broadway World Award Nom). TV credits: The Killing Fields (Cornerstone/Channel 7), Doctor Blake Mysteries (ABC), Freshblood (ABC2, ABC iView), Deadly Women (Beyond Entertainment). Film: Dick’s Clinic (Smack Art). Gabrielle also writes, performs and produces sketch comedy with I’m With Stupid; their work has been featured on ABC, ABC2, Funny or Die and The Big Smoke.
Performer: Gabrielle Scawthorn,
Director: Jane Moriarty
Writer: Lucinda Burnett
Writer: Cordelia O’Neill
Writer: Iskander R. Sharazuddin
Producer: Hugo Chiarella
Praise for Gabrielle Scawthorn's previous work
The Sydney Morning Herald (on The Village Bike) - ★★★★ “One of the most expressive actors around, Gabrielle Scawthorn, has impressed in every show I've seen her perform in. This play feels like a match for her talent.”
Stage Noise (on The Village Bike) - "... her work is habitually subtle and intelligent and this has rarely been so well demonstrated as it is as she traverses the minefield of her daily life.”
The Sydney Morning Herald (on Ironbound) - ★★★★ "Gabrielle Scawthorn has Darja's essence spilling off the bus-stop bench like it's raining verity and there's no roof beneath which to shelter.”