“It is with apologies that we notify the Byron Bay community that the performance of A Prudent Man scheduled for Thursday 10 May cannot proceed due to unforeseen circumstances. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused”. Lab Kelpie
A Prudent Man is a darkly comedic political thriller exploring what it means to be right…in more ways than one.
A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on a table, but that’s all. Perhaps this is an investigation. What has he done wrong?
What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly?
Embodying their slogans, mannerisms and headlines, A Prudent Man is an amalgamation of recent history’s conservative politicians.
This award-winning darkly comedic political thriller asks what it means to be right… in more ways than one.
Rated M16+ Strong Language and Adult Themes
★★★★★ “Profound and gripping viewing for all.” Theatre People
★★★★★ “Theatre at the very top of its game.” The Music
★★★★ “A powerful and thought-provoking finale.” The West Australian
★★★★ “Writer and performer have reached the pinnacle of drama.” Arts Hub
“Lyall Brooks gives a tour de force performance.” Isolated Nation
Winner: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – People’s Choice Award
Winner: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – WA Tour Ready Award
Nominated: 2016 Green Room Award – Writing
Nominated: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – Best Performance
Nominated: 2017 Fringe World Perth Festival – Theatre Award
Official Selection: 2017 New York United Solo Festival
Writer and director Katy Warner recently won the 2016 AWGIE for Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside and the 2017 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for The Trip. Her 2013 Melbourne Fringe play Dropped was nominated for two Green Room Awards and has been performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Edinburgh. Katy holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from VCA and a BEd from Edith Cowan University and has worked as assistant director for Melbourne Theatre Company, St Martins Youth Theatre and The French Woods Festival, New York. Her debut novel will be published by Black Ink in 2018.
Playing to sell-out houses A Prudent Man presented by Lab Kelpie, took home the coveted People’s Choice Award from over 400 productions, won the WA Tour Ready Award and was nominated for Best Performance. The work was recently nominated for Best Writing at the 2016 Green Room Awards and has been selected to appear at the prestigious New York United Solo Festival.
Performer Lyall Brooks has appeared in the Helpmann Award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Heretic (MTC) and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). He has received three Green Room award nominations for Patricia Cornelius’ Savages, The Pride for Red Stitch and The Thing About Men (Magnormos). Recent TV appearances include Neighbours and the final season of HBO’s The Leftovers.