Kate Mulvany’s acclaimed work The Seed returns to the Belvoir for a second sell-out season, this time in the upstairs theatre.

Based on her own family experiences, Mulvany creates a poignantly personal piece that delves into the more probing questions of war’s long-lasting effects.

Telling of three generations’ experiences with war – an ex-IRA grandfather, a Vietnam vet dad and his daughter Rose’s attempts to comprehend the effects of war on her family – The Seed is as much about the way we deal with our families as it is about large-scale politics.

The Seed is not so much a political piece as it is a deep exploration of family, loyalty and betrayal,” Mulvany said.

“War is getting worse, the weapons they have now don’t just kill a person, or a group of people, they obliterate entire areas. We need to seriously look at what we’re doing, and as part of that it’s important to acknowledge what happened to people in previous wars.”

Far from being a dry tirade against the government, The Seed broaches an all too contemporary topic in a warm and humorous way.

“It was so important to me to bring a sense of humour to this piece,” Mulvany said.

“I hate theatre that preaches to you and, at the end of the day, as a playwright you really just hope that people walk away having had a great night of theatre viewing.”

Having won last year’s Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production, The Seed returns for all those who weren’t lucky enough to catch it last time, bigger and better and developed under the watchful eye of Neil Armfield.

The Seed plays at Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, 21 February-30 March. Bookings: 9699 3444 or www.belvoir.com.au.

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