Caress/Ache by Suzie Miller

Directed by Gaye Poole

28 - 30 June, 2017
19 - 22 July, 2017

A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement. Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways. This is our world - where some long for the electrical charge of human contact, others flee it, and lives turn on the smallest moments of intimacy. Suzie Miller's play reveals humanity in all its messy complexity. 

 “Touch my skin, go on, feel it, feel the heat of me. Hit me, scratch me, feel the pulse of me.”


Dr Mark Anders, a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgeon -
Richard Homan
Saskia, Cameron's wife - Megan Goldsman
Cameron, a poet, Saskia's husband - Calum Hughes
Alice, Peter's mother - Mandy Faulkner
Arezu, a young Iranian-Australian - Cian Gardner
Libby, Mark's wife - Mary Rinaldi
Belinda, a call centre worker - Megan Goldsman
Cate, a call centre worker, Adam's mother - Cian Gardner
Peter, Alice's son - Calum Hughes
Adam, Cate's son - Richard Homan
Airline attendant: David Simes
Surtitles: company
Operating theatre assistants: David Simes, Cian Gardner, Mandy Faulkner
Airport travellers: company

Production Team

Director: Gaye Poole
Production manager: Gaye Poole
Stage manager: Missy Mooney
Lighting & sound operator: James Smith
Marketing: Megan Goldsman, Calum Hughes, Gaye Poole, David Simes, Brendan Theodore.
Graphic design: Vincent Owen
Videography: Luke Jacobs & Kyle Barrett
Stills photography: Michael Smith