THE BIG DRY by Tony Davis

Big Dry

 

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

Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli NSW Australia 2061

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  jacqui.barton@harpercollins.com.au  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, susanne@articulatepr.com.au or 0412 268 320

 

 

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