A Prudent Man

by Katy Warner

A Lab Kelpie production

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A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on a table, but that’s all.

Perhaps this is an investigation.

What has he done wrong?

What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick?

What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly?

This award-winning darkly comedic political thriller asks what it means to be right... in more ways than one.

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval

Warnings: Strong Language, Adult Themes, M16+

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5 STARS – “Profound and gripping viewing for all.” 

Theatre People

5 STARS - ““Theatre at the very top of its game.”

The Music

“A powerful and thought-provoking finale.”

The West Australian

“Writer and performer have reached the pinnacle of drama.”

Arts Hub

Winner: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – People’s Choice Award
Winner: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – WA Tour Ready Award
Nominated: 2016 Green Room Award – Writing
Nominated: 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – Best Performance
Nominated: 2017 Fringe World Perth Festival – Theatre Award
Official Selection: 2017 New York United Solo Festival

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Lyall Brooks

Performer Lyall Brooks works across mainstage and musical theatre, film and television, and voiceovers for international animations. He has appeared in the Helpmann award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Heretic (MTC) and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). He has received four Green Room award nominations: for Katy Warner’s Spencer (Lab Kelpie) Patricia Cornelius’ Savages (fortyfivedownstairs), The Pride (Red Stitch Actors Theatre) and The Thing About Men (Magnormos). Recent TV appearances include Neighbours, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the final season of HBO’s The Leftovers. His voice can be heard on many cartoon series including SheZow, Flea-Bitten! and Gwen Stefani’s Kuukuu Harajuku. He is founding Artistic Director of Lab Kelpie.
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Katy Warner

Writer and director
Writer and director Katy Warner is an AWGIE-winning playwright whose works have been presented across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She is a two-time Green Room Award nominee (A Prudent Man and Spencer), been shortlisted three times for NSW’s Lysicrates Prize (The Meme and the Moon, Appropriate and The Party), and nominated for the Theatre503 Playwriting Awards in the UK (nest). Katy holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from VCA and a BEd from Edith Cowan University and has worked as a director for Melbourne Theatre Company, St Martins Youth Theatre and The French Woods Festival, New York. A recipient of multiple fiction writing awards, Katy’s debut novel Everywhere Everything Everyone was published by Hardie Grant in 2019 and immediately shortlisted for the Readings YA Book of the Year Award.

Adam Fawcett

Producer and Production Manager
Adam is Lab Kelpie’s award-winning founding Creative Producer and General Manager, having presented their productions since the company’s inauguration in 2012. For Lab Kelpie he has produced Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, SuperGirly: Return of the Pop Princess, Midsumma Premier Event Elegy and the extensive national tours of Katy Warner’s A Prudent Man and Spencer. As a freelance producer he recently collaborated with Susie Dee, Nicci Wilks and Kate Sherman to present Animal, which was nominated for 6 Green Room Awards in 2016.