HarperCollins Children’sBooks , Ensemble Theatre
and Australian Theatre for Young People
Are giving away 3 Double Passes to the WORLD PREMIERE of the THE BIG DRY
Wednesday 8 June 6pm
playing at the
plus a signed copy of The Big Dry by Tony Davis
If you would like to win one of these 3 double passes send an email with your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday 3 June
where you will go into a draw.
Winners will be notified Monday 6 June by phone and email
THE BIG DRY BY MARK KILMURRY adapted from the novel by TONY DAVIS
DIRECTOR: FRASER CORFIELD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: JUSTIN STAMBOULIAH DESIGNER: RITA CARMODY
LIGHTING DESIGNER: BENJAMIN BROCKMAN SOUND DESIGNER: JEREMY SILVER
CAST: JACK ANDREW, SOFIA NOLAN, RORY POTTER, NOAH STURZAKER and RICHARD SYDENHAM
Imagine a world of dust. A future where water drips brown from the taps. Where dust storms reduce houses to rubble. Where a young boy, George (Rory Potter) and his younger brother, Beeper (played alternatively by Jack Andrew & Noah Sturzaker), fight to survive while waiting for their father to return home. And where a young rebellious girl, Emily (Sofia Nolan), won’t take no for an answer. Imagine the future. Imagine The Big Dry.
A first time co-production with the extraordinary Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and based on the best-selling novel by Tony Davis, the world premiere of The Big Dry promises to be an event not to be missed.
The Big Dry explores themes of food security, climate change, foreign aid, isolation, survival, values, separation from family, hope and grief. On his inspiration for writing the novel, author Tony Davis says “A few years ago I went through a stage of reading everything I could find on the American Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. It was an era of extraordinary drought, dust storms and hardship which caused hundreds of thousands to leave their homes. A simple question stuck with me for a long time: what would happen if the same conditions returned to a modern Western city? Parallel to that I had planned to write a story about one sibling trying to protect a younger brother or sister against all the odds. Maybe it would be in a civil war, maybe in a time of great poverty…as I started to develop these characters I realised a modern dust bowl could be the perfect backdrop. My characters would not be among those who fled but those left behind. As the novel developed I would see how they changed and found their strengths in these appalling conditions”.
ATYP Artistic Director Fraser Corfield is excited about directing this world premiere production and collaborating with the Ensemble Theatre. “This is a play for the imagination, reminiscent of the ground breaking Medea by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks. It’s a tense thriller that is driven by the vulnerability of seeing very young actors in what is ostensibly a piece of adult theatre. It beautifully unpacks the resilience of children and the contradictions of human behaviour in a theatrical genre that is still very new for Australian audiences. As a result it will be a play you want to sit down and discuss hours after you have seen it.”
“A clever, engaging work…tightly directed by Fraser Corfield.” Daily Telegraph (for ATYP’s A TOWN NAMED WARBOY)
“Corfield mentions in his notes that young people’s theatre is for everyone, not just the young ‘uns. He’s absolutely correct. This is up there with the best indie theatre you’ll see all year.” Concrete Playground (for ATYP’s SPUR OF THE MOMENT)
“Kilmurry has more than enough talent, insight and experience as writer, actor and director that Casanova really couldn’t fail.” Curtain Call (for CASANOVA)
“Mark Kilmurry has adapted a charming, perceptive comedy…funny, truthful…sweetly, poignantly moving…surprisingly resonant…” Stagenoise (for YOU TALKIN’ TO ME? DIARY OF AN OLYMPIC CABBIE)
SEASON DETAILS: THE BIG DRY
VENUE: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061
DATES: Previews from Sat 4 June, 2016, opening night Thurs 9 June 2016, playing to Sat 2nd July, 2016
PERFORMANCE TIMES: vary, check website for details http://ensemble.com.au/whats-on/plays/the-big-dry
PRICES: $66-$73 (booking charges may apply)
BOOKINGS: 02 9929 0644 or www.ensemble.com.au
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes no interval
Recommended for ages 12+
FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS / IMAGES please contact:
Susanne Briggs, email@example.com or 0412 268 320