Lane Cove Theatre Company presents “Next To Normal”

Lane Cove Theatre Company have a new production coming to a stage near you (well, to St Aidan’s in Longueville) in August – Next to Normal. The play stars Lane Cove Local, Trent Gardiner.

This article was written by Geoff Sirmai from Sirmai Arts Marketing


One of the 21st century’s most powerful & moving musicals comes to Sydney, from 10-25 August.

From the team who brought you the acclaimed production of Holding the Man in 2017, comes Next to Normal – a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis.

With powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this Lane Cove Theatre Company production shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s secret world intact.

Directed by Kathryn Thomas, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical explores the issues of grief, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life. Next to Normal is considered one of the best musicals of the 21st century: sometimes dark, honest, funny and brutally moving, it’s a show that should not be missed.

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Starring Miriam Rihani, Trent Gardiner, Chelsea Taylor, Chris O’Shea, Brent Dolahenty and Luka Bozic, Next to Normal also features musical direction by Steve Dula, choreography by Rebecca More with Isaac Downey, assistant director.

Director Thomas said the play was an incredibly important piece of theatre, portraying as it does the struggles within an outwardly conventional family unit. “This show teaches us what it is to lose a loved one and how that burden can change your life forever.”

“I am a big believer in theatre being a catalyst for social change. As a director I am always drawn to shows that explore what it is to be human and how to learn and grow from experience.”

trent gardiner
Trent Gardiner

Lane Cove Theatre Company presents NEXT TO NORMAL
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt
10 to 25 August 2018 – Friday to Sunday

The Performance Space, St Aidan’s, 1 Christina St, Longueville
Friday 10 August 7:30 PM | Saturday 11 August 7:30 PM
Sunday 12 August 2:00 PM | Friday 17 August 7:30 PM
Saturday 18 August 7:30 PM | Sunday 19 August 2:00 PM
Friday 24 August 7:30 PM |Saturday 25 August 7:30 PM

Tickets: $27 Adults | $22 conc. | $15 children 3-12 | $20 groups 10+ | $70 Family

Bookings: or

Media: for more information, great images by Dawn Pugh, cast bios, interviews, review tickets and more, contact Geoff Sirmai Art Publicity 0412 69 272  [email protected]

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