Preview: 10 January at 7.30pm
11–13 & 15 January at 7.30pm
14 January at 2pm & 7.30pm
Written by Nathan Maynard
Directed by Isaac Drandic
Dramaturgy by Peter Matheson
Set/Costume Design by Richard Roberts
Lighting Design by Rachel Burke
Sound Design by Ben Grant
Aboriginal playwright Nathan Maynard presents a hilarious portrait of the Duncans, a family bursting with love and always up for a laugh. They’re back on Big Dog Island, a speck of land in Bass Strait, for the annual mutton-bird harvest. Hatchets are buried, secrets told, pranks pulled and birds plucked.
But this year, things are different. One generation is giving way to the next, the youngsters have their own way of doing things, and government regulation is making its presence felt - even on this remote patch of earth.
Maynard knows those hot, cramped work sheds first hand. His play is sharp as a tack and blunt as a brick.
The Season features the exciting – but all too rare – combination of an Aboriginal writer, director and seven member cast including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River), Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna Play House) and Luke Carroll (Black Diggers, Playschool).
You can access a copy of the full script on AustralianPlays.org here. For a copy of The Season's program, click here.
There will be an audio described performance on 13 January at 7.30pm.
Co-presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House.
Photo: Simon Pynt
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