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Gloria: scathing, surprising satire

Tuesday, 25 May 2021


“It’s a given in a work by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that something startling will sooner or later occur that will have you rethinking everything you thought you understood about the play,” wrote reviewer Charles McNulty in the Los Angeles Times.

Something startling is exactly what audiences can expect from Gloria, Jacobs-Jenkins’ astonishing, Pulitzer-Prize nominated drama set to open at WAAPA’s Roundhouse Theatre on June 10.

“I was writing about a group of people whose job is to basically transcribe life… and decide what’s newsworthy,” said Jacobs-Jenkins, widely considered one of America’s hottest young playwrights.

Gloria follows a group of ambitious editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine whose main concern is how fast they can climb the journalistic ladder of success.

But when an ordinary humdrum workday suddenly becomes anything but, the stakes for who gets the story become higher than ever.

Provocative and sharply observant, Jacobs-Jenkins’ smart satirical comedy explores questions of ambition, career, and who gets the right to shape the narrative.

Gloria, directed by Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn], will be performed by WAAPA’s 3rd Year Acting students from Thursday 10 June to Wednesday 16 June, with a matinee on Saturday 12 June at 2.00pm.

Bracknell is an accomplished performer, writer, director and producer. Passionate about language revival, Bracknell has developed innovative works completely in Noongar language, including Hecate, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Fist of Fury Noongar Daa, the first feature film to be dubbed in an Australian language. She was Associate Artist at the 2021 Perth Festival and is a recipient of a 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award.

Don’t miss this explosive play that takes a scathing look at the exploitative nature of our media-saturated world and the personal cost of ruthless ambition.

Content warning: Contains coarse language, sexual references, and a scene depicting graphic violence, gun shots and theatrical blood. Recommended for ages 16+.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Gloria performance web page.


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