Nearer the Gods (audio described)


Date 16 Dec 2021

Time 11:00 AM


Address Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli , NSW

Phone 02 9929 0644


Picture of two men, one is holding up a pyramid with a ray of light reflecting through it becoming a rainbow

Thursday 16th December 11am

Saturday 18th December 4:30pm

Ensemble Theatre
78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli
Box Office: 9929 0644
Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking

Playwright: David Williamson
Director: Janine Watson
Cast includes: Rowan Davie, Sean O’Shea and Sam O’Sullivan

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes including interval
Content warning: Recommended for ages 12+

With his trademark wit and sharp observations, David Williamson exposes the abrasive personalities of revered scientific giants – even geniuses are not infallible.

Under the orders of pompous King Charles II (Sean O’Shea, The Rasputin Affair), determined young astronomer Edmund Halley (Rowan Davie) must wrangle the secrets of the universe from the brain of capricious and contrary Newton.

It may be 1684, the Dawn of Enlightenment, but Williamson’s comic re-imagining through a contemporary lens puts the focus firmly on the human tale of rivalry and discovery, of personal trials against a corrupt establishment, of self-doubt versus arrogance, and faith versus reason. Nearer The Gods is a gripping and blackly funny drama about how one of the greatest moments of scientific illumination almost didn’t happen.