HIT Productions presents

Hotel Sorrento

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:00pm
Lighthouse Theatre
2 hours including a 20 minute interval

by Hannie Rayson
Dennis Coard 
Dion Mills 
Joanne Booth
Kim Denman
Jenny Seedsman
Mike Smith
Ruth Caro 
Saxon Gray 

The award winning play Hotel Sorrento by Australian Playwright Hannie Rayson, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.

Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi-autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate. The play is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false.

This will represent the 20th anniversary of HIT’s first production of the play. HIT has a great deal of affection for Hotel Sorrento being that it was a production of this play in 1998, directed by David Latham, that launched HIT’s touring arm in 1999.


Dennis Coard as Wal
Dennis has appeared on most Australian television dramas; most recently on The Kettering Incident (Foxtel), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Dr Blake Mysteries and It’s A Date (all on ABC) and Bleak: The Web Series (Online). Other television credits include Woodley, City Homicide, The Circuit, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Monash – The Forgotten Anzac, Menzies & Churchill at War and six years on Home and Away. His film credits include Groomless Bride, Predestination, The Playbook, The Jammed, Noise, Amy, Return Home (Lead Role) and the recently released San Andreas. 
Stage credits include productions with most professional companies including a dozen with the MTC, his own critically acclaimed one-man show The Fall of the Roman Umpire and for HIT Productions he has toured extensively in David Williamson’s Let the Sunshine in 2012 and Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins 2015-2016.

Joanne Booth as Pippa
Joanne is a WAAPA graduate who has trained with Larry Moss in NYC, Howard Fine in Melbourne, and with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. Her theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Australian Shakespeare Company, As You Like It, The Savages of Wirramai, and Dystopia on Fire. She has an extensive list of television credits including House Husbands, Neighbours, and Catalyst and has appeared in many short films.
She has appeared in TVCs for Westpac, RACV, Flight Centre, and Cash Converters as well as working as a Voiceover artist for IKEA, Bunnings, Nintendo, and Cadbury to name a few.

Ruth Caro as Hilary 
Ruth’s theatre credits include Camp Push Up, The Vagina Monologues, Un ’N Under, Illusions, Rookery Nook, Simpson J-202, Road, Could Do Better, The Glass Menagerie, and Room To Move. She has appeared in various television shows such as All Saints, Home & Away, Big Sky, Changi and was the narrator for Bush School. Ruth also played the character of Fran in the 1997 feature film Entertaining Angels Unawares for Jotz Productions. 

Jenny Seedsman
Jenny Seedsman holds a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Drama from the University of Melbourne, however her acting training truly began at the age of 12, studying with English actress Helen Franklin at The National Theatre School and then St. Martin’s in Melbourne. TV credits include The Dr. Blake Mysteries, HBO’s The Leftovers, House Husbands, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Stingers, Twentysomething, and so many others!

Dion Mills as Edwin
As a member of the Red Stitch ensemble since 2002 credits include Wet House, Eurydice, The Flick, Herding Cats, Penelope, Stop.Rewind, Good People, Day One A Hotel, Evening, Princess Dramas, The City, Creditors, That Face, Fatboy, Yellow Moon, Pool (No Water), Motortown, Harvest, Fewer Emergencies, Hellbent, The Country, Pugilist Specialist, Outlying Islands, The Day Room, The Night Heron, Raised in Captivity, Jesus Hopped the A Train and Where's My Money?. 

Saxon Gray
Saxon is an actor, musician, and a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a BFA in Music Theatre. 

Kim Denman as Meg  
Kim has worked in theatre, film and television for over 25 years. Her theatre credits include the role of Mary Gilmore in three tours of HIT Productions/ All My Love: The Rivers of China (Don’t Look Away/Theatreworks); Truth & Brutality (La Mama); Debrief (Theatreworks); The Fire Raisers (Wax Studio); Macbeth (Arthouse Theatre Company); The Good Woman of Setzuan (Fabricated Theatre Ensemble); Medea (The Edge Theatre Company, Queensland); Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi (The Edge Theatre Company); and Anita in West Side Story for Twelfth Night Theatre, Qld.

Her screen credits include Blue Heelers, Eugenie Sandler P.I., Neighbours, Offspring, Romper Stomper, Spring Rhapsody, That's Not Me, as well as many award winning short films

Mike Smith as Dick 
After two successful tours of HIT Productions The 39 Steps playing Richard Hannay, Mike is delighted to join the touring cast of HIT’s Hotel Sorrento. He recalls reading the play back in drama school and, strangely, had designs on, one day, playing the role of Dick. Now he gets his chance, he hopes he does the political protagonist (and antagonist) justice.
A 2005 NIDA Graduate, Mike is a Green Room Award Nominee for his portrayal of Tony in Billy Elliot – The Musical, directed by Stephen Daldry. Mike is also known for his TV roles in All Saints and Winners & Losers.

“This is a real Australian family in a real Australian setting, a gentle psychological thriller that no Australian should miss.” Adelaide Theatre Guide

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