Family ties are put to the test in this powerful Australian play
In Hotel Sorrento Hannie Rayson reaches into the heart of family relationships to reveal the multiplicity of factors that both bring family members together – and drive them apart.
This award-winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the Victorian seaside town Sorrento. Hilary lives 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.
Reunited after 10 years in different worlds, the three sisters quickly begin to feel the constraints of family life as Meg’s semiautobiographical novel, recently shortlisted for the Booker prize, triggers family tension bringing old wounds to life.
The play is about family in a literal and metaphorical sense and the importance of blood ties and collective memory, true or false. Written almost 30 years ago, this vivid, moving and funny play which explores the concept of loyalty both to family and to country is as relevant today as when it was first performed in 1990.
‘A powerful Australian play that begins as a comedy about national identity and develops into a familiar drama of great poignancy and reverberation.’ The Australian