See Melbourne Theatre Company’s The Architect

By Chana Matchimbanpoth October 4, 2018

The Architect

From award-winning playwright Aidan Fennessy (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls) comes a moving and thought-provoking new work that grapples with one of life’s biggest questions – how do we become the architect of our lives? Directed by Peter Houghton (The Odd Couple) this empathetic and surprisingly humorous story highlights the solace we take in moments of unexpected joy whilst navigating the politics and emotions that come with confronting the end of life.

Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting and when Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she concedes to the arrangement by appointing the least likely candidate; a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades.

With an incorrigible zest for life, he could be just the medicine she needs – if it wasn’t for the monumental secret he’s hiding. As their disparate worlds collide and an unexpected bond forms, Helen turns to Lennie to help face her final moments.

Starring Offspring’s Linda Cropper alongside Nicholas Bell (North by Northwest), Stephen Phillips (Winners & Losers) and Johnny Carr (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls) as the unlikely house guest.

Don’t miss The Architect, playing at the Southbank Theatre, The Sumner from 27 September until 31 October.

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Warning: Contains themes of euthanasia and coarse language. For detailed information about the production’s content please visit