A man and a woman hold hands facing each other. The man looks into the woman's eyes, as the woman, in a red dress, looks at the ground.

Counting and Cracking - Edinburgh International Festival

COUNTING AND CRACKING
எண்ணிக்கை, இல்லையேல் கையோங்கு | ගණන් නොගන්නේ නම් ගණන් කරන්න

A profoundly moving story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children. Counting and Cracking follows the journey of one Sri Lankan-Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004. It features nineteen performers hailing from six different countries: Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and France.

On the banks of a suburban Sydney river, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. But a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life, and we’re plunged into an epic story of breakup and reunion.

Written by S. Shakthidharan, a Sri Lankan-Australian who researched and developed the work over the course of ten years, the play tells the tale of two countries: Sri Lanka post-independence and Australia as an immigrant nation. It is directed by Eamon Flack, an award-winning director and the Artistic Director of Belvoir, one of Australia’s most celebrated theatre companies.

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Counting and Cracking was originally co-produced by Belvoir and Co-curious.

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Cast and Credits

CAST
in alphabetical order

Prakash Belawadi
Emma Harvie
Antonythasan Jesuthasan
Nadie Kammallaweera
Ahi Karunaharan
Abbie Lee Lewis
Shiv Palekar
Nipuni Sharada
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
Kaivu Suvarna
Rajan Velu
Sukania Venugopal
Sunny S Walia

CREATIVE TEAM
Writer and Associate Director S. Shakthidharan
Director and Associate Writer Eamon Flack
Costume and Cultural Advisor Anandavalli
Set and Costumer Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Sound Designer and Composer Stefan Gregory
Executive Producer Sue Donnelly
Musicians Janakan Raj, Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda and Venkhatesh Sritharan

Dates, Times & Prices

8 - 14 August 2022

PREVIEW, 7pm
Monday

EVENINGS, 7pm
Monday - Saturday (excluding Wednesday)
£21 - £26

MATINEES, 1pm
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
£21 - £26

Running time: 3hr 30mins

Accessibility

CAPTIONED 
Saturday 13 August, 1pm

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Press Coverage

★★★★★
'Contender for the best play of the year'
Cassie Tongue, Time Out Sydney