HAND TO GOD - Australian Premiere

HAND TO GOD - Australian Premiere

The critically acclaimed American play HAND TO GOD, about a demonic sock puppet that wreaks havoc on relationships and faith in a small Texas town, will have its Australian premiere at The Alex Theatre St Kilda from 22nd February 2018, for a strictly limited season.

In this pure black comedy, which received ve Tony Award nominations in 2015 including
Best Play, something devilish is lurking in a church basement puppet show in Cypress, Texas.
And his name is...Tyrone. He may look like an innocent sock puppet, but when he in ltrates the angst-ridden church youth group and takes possession of Jason’s arm, all hell breaks loose. Spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous, Tyrone shocks the congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets—and teaching us all about love, grief and what it means to be human. Following on from Broadway and London runs, this darkly delightful and wildly funny comedy will equally shock and delight audiences.

The Australian premiere season of HAND TO GOD will feature Gyton Grantley as the shy and awkward Jason, whose seemingly lifeless hand puppet, Tyrone, begins to take on a life of its own, Alison Whyte as his mother Margery, Grant Piro as Pastor Greg, Jake Speer as Timothy and Morgana O’Reilly as Jessica. The creative team includes Gary Abrahams (Director), Jacob Battista (Scenic Design), Amelia Lever-Davidson (Lighting Design), Chloe Greaves (Costume Design) and Ian Moorhead (Sound Design).

Director Gary Abrahams said “When I rst read the script I knew I had to do it. I hadn’t laughed so much or so loudly in ages, and I was so taken with the daring of Robert Askins writing. It’s an incredibly smart and very funny new play that reveals itself to be something quite special. I absolutely see why it’s been such a hit worldwide and I’ve no doubt audiences will love it just as much here. Maybe even more so, Australians have a real love of risque and irreverent humour. What could be more fun than a wild than an irreverent comedy that dramatizes the battle between good and evil in such a surprising way? Hand To God is truly outrageous—there are moments that make you scream with horror and laughter at the same time. I guess you could say it’s a simple story about a puppet who takes over the hand—then the life—of a small-town teen, tearing up the stage as he does it.

“But as you watch it, you see that playwright Rob Askin has also got something important to say about hypocrisy, belief, and grief—and the ridiculous pleasures of bad behaviour. The play is lthy and hilarious and perverse and also a little bit heartbreaking.”

Producer Aleksander Vass remarked, “Gary Abrahams has a feel for comedy like very few people I know and Hand to God requires a director who can unleash its subversively brash and outrageous spirit. Gary previously directed Bad Jews for us and I knew he was the perfect choice to helm this production.”



By Robert Askins

Directed by Gary Abrahams

Previews: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February 2018

Opening Night: Saturday 24th February 2018

Performance Schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 5pm and Saturday matinees at 3pm

Website: handtogod.com.au

Ticket Information: ticketek.com.au | 132 849
Tickets range from $58.20 to $67.90
Location: The Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy Street St Kilda VIC