a man searching for connection

The 2020 world premiere season of Breaking the Castle, a new Australian work exploring addiction, love, family, grief, loss, trauma and reality, written and performed by Peter Cook, opens on the 29th of February through to the 14th of March at The Street Theatre in Canberra, then tours to HotHouse Theatre in Victoria at the end of March.

Breaking The Castle unlocks a sometimes jobbing actor’s descent into the hell of dependence. Days and nights are lived through a thick haze of drugs and alcohol and this bender could be his last, but he doesn’t care – there are worse things than death. Devoured by the back streets of the city David is thrown an unlikely lifeline. Finding himself in the mountains of South -East Asia he is offered a chance at redemption - but he will need to confront his inner demons, traumas and secrets long buried in his psyche.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Peter Cook lived and worked in Canberra over the past decade. He has appeared on The Street stage in The Eisteddfod, Breathing Corpses, and The Chain Bridge and participated in Street development programs including First Seen in 2019 when he had the opportunity to fine-tune the writing and performance language for Breaking The Castle. Peter’s performance credits include work for the Stage, TV and Film. He has extensive experience in Theatre in Education, as head of acting at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts in Brisbane and as an arts educator across the country for major theatre companies, writing, devising and directing numerous plays with students across Australia.

Visceral, fierce and uplifting, Breaking The Castle brings a gripping performance from creator Peter Cook as a man yearning for connection. Directed by Caroline Stacey with The Street’s award-winning creative team this exquisitely rendered heartbreaking story opens the line between the seen, the unseen and the importance of belonging.

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