A Sign of the Times is a winning comedy about an Australian Everyman trying to understand why his lovely life has become such a tragic shambles. Voted as one of the 5 best and wisest productions of 2013 by Sydney critic Suzy Wrong (and she never is), this play stars the ruggedly handsome Scott Irwin (Hairspray, Les Mis) as a sparky roadside worker who turns the stop/slow sign. Standing there, day after day, he begins a search for fundamental forces in the universe that have brought him terrible misfortune and by understanding them, controlling them – like controlling traffic. A modern day Job, his wild imagination grows in his search for meaning and he takes the audience – indeed the whole theatre – with him from the reality of his work site, through his death by dump truck, to the waiting room of heaven, a banishment to the wilderness, a descent into hell and back again – renewed. It’s a deeply affecting journey. Featuring poetry by Robert Frost, Shakespeare, the Greek tragedians, Alexander Pope and T.S. Eliot. Quick bump-in and out.
“The combination of Steve Helper’s dynamic dialogue and Scott Irwin’s endearing, mature warm presence that bring A Sign of the Times to enthusiastic life, reaching into the mind as well as the heart.
The lights and sound work together to create an atmosphere as powerful as a stage set itself, all the while enhancing rather than detracting from the clever rapid word play that throbs at the heart of A Sign of the Times.For a production with such grand themes, it is all a joy to follow, easy and witty, rapid and fun.” Liz Thatcher, Reviewer, September 12, 2013