I’m readying to go into our opening night performance of Fury and reflecting on the development of the production thus far.
Co-directing with Brett, following Incognito last year, has again been immensely rewarding. Our creative team and cast are not only brilliantly talented but driven to collectively find the ultimate life for our production and deliver it with care and bravery.
Joanna Murray-Smith is an extraordinary mind. Diving into the complex themes and characters of Fury, and the brilliant rhythms and wit Joanna employs so deftly, has been a career highlight for Brett and I. As parents of young children we’ve found great cause to reflect and dig deep – Fury exposes some of the scarier questions about parenting and there’s no getting off the hook. Confronting big questions and ideas is, for us, one of the keys to directing, and the purpose of theatre.
Last week preview performances consistently sold out with waiting lists each night, so if you haven’t booked, do, before the word spreads. Book your tickets here.
We can’t wait to share it with you.
See you at the theatre,
by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directors Brett Cousins & Ella Caldwell
Set & Costume Design Chloe Greaves
Lighting Design Kris Chainey
Sound Design THE SWEATS
Assistant Director Casey Filips
Stage Manager Hannah Bullen
Assistant Stage Manager Hayden Collins
Assistant Designer Alexander Rothnie
THE ANTIPODES cast and creative team announcement
We are thrilled to reveal the cast and creatives for The Antipodes by Annie Baker.
Our stellar cast of nine features ensemble actors Ngaire Dawn Fair, Casey Filips, Darcy Kent, Ben Prendergast, Harvey Zielinski, and guest actors Jim Daly, George Lingard, Dushan Philips, Edwina Samuels.
Ensemble member Ella Caldwell will direct this new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker and is joined by a brilliant creative team including Chloe Greaves (set and costume design), Dan Nixon (sound and composition), Clare Springett & Bronwyn Pringle (lighting design), Jackie Mates (stage manager), Terri Steer (assistant stage manager) and Jean Goodwin (dialect coach).
We can’t wait to start rehearsals!
Joanna Murray-Smith talks FURY with
“To me, it’s fascinating to write characters who think they have everything all sewn up. The tragedy of their lives is that they begin, often later in life, to see that a lot of the qualities they saw in themselves were actually camouflage for what they couldn’t handle and what they didn’t see.”
Read it here.