Dance with us…The Mesh, a world premiere by Elise Hearst

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Join us for the World Premiere of 



By Elise Hearst

Joining forces with the ARTHUR team is another exciting first for us at Red Stitch. Olga, Rosie and I have been in the rehearsal room over the last month with three brilliant guest actors, Kevin, Nick and Tom. We have a sublime design team, and of course our visionary director Paige Rattray leading the way. It has been a lot of fun, particularly with Rosie’s sultry singing as a soundtrack every day (you’re in for a treat, just hearing her unleash that voice!) Elise’s script is rich and complex, and as we ready ourselves to take up residence in the theatre, I can’t wait to share this unique and highly theatrical new play with you.

See you for a drink after the show,



 Ella Caldwell 

Artistic Director  

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).
Directed by Paige Rattray, co-founder of ARTHUR and previous Resident Director at Griffin Theatre, the cast features Red Stitch ensemble Ella Caldwell, Rosie Lockhart and Olga Makeeva, with guests Tom Dent, Kevin Kiernan-Molloy and Nick Masters.
We are also joined by Set & Costume Designer Mattea Davies, Lighting Designer Ross Graham, Sound Designer/Composer Tom Hogan, Choreographer Kurt Phelan and Dramaturge Amelia Evans.
This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund and The Robert Salzer Foundation. 




Showing October 15 – November 8

Wednesday to Saturday 8pm, Saturday matinees 4pm & Sundays 6.30pm