A devised collaboration between ARTHUR & Red Stitch
Written by Elise Hearst
Directed by Paige Rattray
With Ella Caldwell, Rosie Lockhart, Olga Makeeva, Tom Dent, Kevin Kiernan-Molloy & Nick Masters
Set & Costume Designer Mattea Davies
Lighting Designer Ross Graham
Composer & Sound Designer Tom Hogan
Choreographer Kurt Phelan
Co-Producer Belinda Kelly
Dramaturge Amelia Evans
Stage Manager Melissa Place
Production Manager Jacob Battista
Wolf and Clara, Max and Lotte.
These guys know how to costume party.
Clara is a butterfly and a singer.
Lotte a witch.
Max a king amongst men.
Wolf, well, a bit of a Wolf.
Refugees with no homeland to return to, they ‘party’ in an effort to band together, maintain hope, and save their faltering sanity. Caught in a cruel limbo between past and present and striving to find their place in a new land, they fall under the increasingly sinister surveillance of The Suits as they attempt to gain safety and security.
The Mesh is a haunting and timely allegory filled with dancing, original songs and a rich musical score. Inspired by the story of Elise Hearst’s grandparents, Austrian Jews who fled Europe after the German occupation, daringly escaping and making the long journey to begin a new life in Melbourne. St Kilda-based Hearst is one of the most interesting young playwriting voices in Australian theatre, whose previous work includes The Sea Project (Griffin Theatre) and Dirtyland (The New Theatre).
This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund
15th October – 8th November
Q&A with cast & creatives Thurs 23rd & 30th October
Watch the Trailer
Trailer by Brett Ludemann