by Paul Gilchrist

18 - 23 February 2020 

Old 505 Theatre

FreshWorks Season


It is 1942.

The world is at war.

But Elaine is in New York for the first time.

She’s in love with the skyline, the fashion,

the musicals, and Tom.

The conflict seems so far away – until she meets Simone,

a French Jewish refugee with a terrible secret.

Based on the true story of one of the most

controversial women of the twentieth century.


subtlenuance first produced Life is Impossible in 2010 at the Newtown Theatre and it received terrific responses:


"a profound piece of theatre that explores the human psyche 

whilst simultaneously questioning it… 

Life is Impossible deserves a tip of the hat to subtlenuance’s efforts,

talent and integrity. 

It's an enjoyable show, with thought-provoking one-liners 

spotted with songs, a touch of dance

and all-round bittersweet intrigue. 

Make sure you see this entertaining production" 

[small] LUSTS


"Life Is Impossible is a credit to the ability of Paul Gilchrist”

Aussie Theatre


"The playwright effectively directs the play himself,

and wins good performances from his cast…  

a darker kind of theatre with a strong philosophical and political bent"  

Sydney Arts Guide


 "It’s pretty meta… with kissing and philosophy and a bunch of people who burst into song… the writing is sharp and the performances solid"

The Drum Media


We are very pleased to remount this play a decade later

as part of the Old 505 Theatre's season of FreshWorks.


                                                          Photo credit Matt Abotomey



Life is Impossible

18 - 23 February 2020


Written and directed by Paul Gilchrist

Produced Daniela Giorgi

Featuring Matt Abotomey, Cormac Costello,

Elle Harris and Chloe Schwank

Tues - Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm

Old 505 Theatre

5 Eliza Street, Newtown


Tix $30/ $25 (Concession, Industry & Under 30's)


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