Nearer the Gods (audio described)


Date 23 Apr 2022

Time 15:30 PM


Ensemble Theatre

Address 78 McDougall Street, , NSW

Phone Box Office: 9929 0644



Audio Described Thursday 7 April at 11am

Saturday 23 April at 3.30pm

Ensemble Theatre
78 McDougall Street,

Box Office: 9929 0644

Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking

Playwright: David Williamson
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.