NEW WORKS DEPT #2 – FOR OUR CHILDREN
WHAT IS THE “NEW WORKS DEPARTMENT”?:
The New Works Department is a program that takes the development of TWO new scripts/projects to the next level. This is the ‘juice’, the stuff not usually seen by people outside the theatre world, but the New Works Department opens its doors and invites everyone in. It's exciting stuff - to be part of the development of a creative project, to have your say about the potential of the work.
Following a week of development, we present the work in a one night only public Show & Tell event, followed by a Q&A between the audience and the creative teams. You will not only hear some of the work read, but you will observe the actors working with the director, the conversations between playwright and dramaturg and director. You will see the creative team solving a problem through improvisation and play. It's pretty exciting to be right there as the work is developing.
PROJECT 1 - HENRIETTA MARRIE:
Henrietta Marrie (Fourmile) wants to tell her family story – and wants it told on stage. This creative development will explore what this story might be. Professor Henrietta Marrie, is a local Cairns Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Elder and traditional owner of Cairns, who was recently announced a winner of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence for 2014. Henrietta has a rich heritage and has also had a significant international career in cultural and environmental policy development with the UN.
This will be an extraordinary story of a woman and a family who are at the cultural heart of Cairns.
PROJECT 2 - TOM GARDINER:
In the best tradition of thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, Tom's play - The Rubicon - is a study in twists and turns that will keep the audience guessing. Tom has written two very strong characters and placed them in a deadbeat pub in a small rural town. The Rubicon takes its name from the infamous river that was never to be crossed.
Olivia is an intelligent young woman who works in a bar. David is a middle-aged tourist passing through. In one of life's rare coincidences their paths have crossed before. But like rivers, some paths should never be crossed because there is no turning back.