And God said: Thou shalt love thy neighbour. He obviously hadn’t reckoned on Ana.

Robyn Nevin is Ana: a battle hardened Hungarian-Australian veteran of the twentieth century. Catherine is her neighbour: twenty-something and waiting for a better world.

Neighbourhood Watch is a glorious new comedy about hope, death and pets. Lally Katz wrote it for the great Robyn Nevin. It’s a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding. But as the domestic crises accumulate, Neighbourhood Watch takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary that would make Patrick White proud. Katz is a true original and in Neighbourhood Watch her spirit of curiosity turns optimism into an artform.

Nevin needs no introduction. Simon Stone directs this epic which questions whether we really know what is out there in the ‘burbs’.

Total running time 2 hours 25 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

 

Performances of Neighbourhood Watch on 23 July to 28 August at Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. Tickets from box office by phone: 9699 3444.

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