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JUTE transforms theatre space for startling new work
Cairns 21 August 2014 Delirium by Amy Bell 26 September 2014 – 4 October 2014, JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St, Cairns.
JUTE Theatre Company is excited to present a very different theatrical experience for their last show of the year, with the world premiere of Amy Bell’s wickedly chilling new play, Delirium. JUTE will celebrate Bell’s unique vision with a transformed theatre space where standard theatre seating will be removed creating a wide open space where audience members may choose to be as close to, or as far from, the action as they desire.
The local playwright’s latest work has already drawn praise from industry heavyweights, including esteemed Australian playwright Michael Gow who applauds Bell’s vision and craft, ‘It’s a great play, with a brilliant sense of form, a startling vision of the strangeness of North Queensland life and brilliant roles for two actors . . . a perfect play for a small space and has such a distinct, sometimes hard edge realistic, sometimes wildly surrealistic tone.’
He says. Bell’s inspiration for the work derives from a global concern. ‘Our disconnection with mother nature generates a poison in ourselves as we lose track of an essential balance’, she says. ‘Theatre is a powerful tool; it inspires thought, and thought generates action. So I decided to write.’ she adds. The play takes place in the soporific heat of a North Queensland wet season, where six separate stories unfold, each with its own grisly ending. Bell’s ill-fated and oddly comic characters make their way as best they can through events that often go terribly, terribly wrong.
The play’s highly original style, a sort of slapstick horror, was dubbed ‘comedy macabre’ by prominent Australian director David Fenton in a reading last year at JUTE. He writes, ‘This work is bold; it has an intimate understanding of dramatic action and character development wrapped in a world of dark humour.’ Delirium will run for one week only, with a limit of 80 tickets per night. The show is a deliciously gory, adult’s only experience; a seductive door on the witty and slightly depraved perspective of Amy Bell; North Queensland’s own Mistress of the Comedy Macabre. For those theatre goers who enjoy the occasional chilling lick up the spine with their laughs; come if you dare.
JUTE Artistic Director and CEO will be directing Delirium, ‘Delirium is about six intimate pieces of theatre that will explore human foibles’, she says. ‘What I want to do in the directing of Delirium is to absolutely mix up the audience idea of what’s going to happen next.’ She adds
Delirium opens on 26 September and will run until 4 October.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.jute.com.au, by phone on 4050 9444 or in person between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday from the Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St Cairns.
Delirium by Amy Bell DATES 26 September – 4 October
VENUE The JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St Cairns
TICKETS $25-$39 – on sale from www.jute.com.au
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About JUTE Theatre Company Established in Cairns in 1992,
JUTE Theatre Company is a significant regional theatre company driving the development, co-production and national touring of contemporary Australian plays from the regions. JUTE is a house of ideas and action that exists to fan the fire in the bellies of regional theatre artists. JUTE inspires and supports these artists to create new stories that contribute to its regional identity, social history and future possibilities. Passionate, dynamic and savvy JUTE will not rest until all of the stories have been told, until there is no regional artist needing support and the audience and community need for stories is fully sated.
About Amy Bell Amy initiated her playwriting career in 2004 as part of the Just Us Theatre Ensemble JUTEs playwrights conference. In 2005 she developed a short work ‘Back Door’ which was read at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, and at the JUTE 2005 Playwrights Conference. From 2005-06 Amy worked as a freelance theatre facilitator to develop new work with young people throughout the regions. These pieces were performed in Far North Queensland and toured to the La Luna Youth Arts Festival in 2006. Amy was also accepted into the 2006 online Interplay festival. In 2008 Amy developed a short work in collaboration with playwrights from Tasmania, Cairns and Darwin. ‘Dancing Back Home’ was co-produced by JUTE and Mudlark Theatre (TAS) and had a season in Cairns & Tasmania in 2010. Amy’s latest work ‘Delirium’, a collection of six short pieces inspired by the remote landscapes of Australia, underwent a creative development with JUTE Theatre in 2013 and was read at the 2013 JUTE Playwrights Conference. Amy is currently working on a full length piece as part of the 2013 JUTE Enter Stage Write program.
About Suellen Maunder Suellen is the Artistic Director and CEO of JUTE Theatre Company, and was also one of the founding members of the Company. Suellen is also an actor and director and has extensive experience in the development and direction of new work. Her performance credits include Bag O’Marbles (1994), Love Child, Barmaids, Latitudes, The Chicken Play, Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset and Tiptoe, Macbeth; Dancing Back Home and Bastard Territory. Her directing credits include The Rape; Insignificance; Slave; Demolition Pile Driving Hard Hats & Donkey Dick (Assistant to Hilary Beaton); Black White & Shades of Brown (BWASOB) Creative Development; Bedtime Stories by Aunty Dee (Creative Development & Production; Dad & I; Fetish and Junk Rooms. At the JUTE Theatre, Suellen has directed Flutter; Surviving Jonah Salt; Crackle Snap Pop; The Boathouse; Summaris is a Tropical Paradise on Top of a Shoe Factory in Footscray; Victor & Sass; Gods of Spicy Things; Cancelled by Popular Demand; Rosa; At Sea, Staring Up; Soph and the Real World; Half & Half and Propelled. Suellen has also directed and nurtured multiple creative developments within the Enter Stage Write & New Works Department, script development program.
About David Fenton David has been a freelance theatre director in Australia for twenty-four years and has directed over sixty professional productions. In 2003 David was Manager of Events and Entertainment at Sydney Olympic Park Authority. From 2000 to 2002 David was Festival Director for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival; and from 1996 to 1999 David was Artistic Director of Riverina Theatre Company. Locally from 1990 to 1991 David was Resident Director of New Moon Theatre Company in Townsville. Professional highlights include three national tours for the Bell Shakespeare, Hamlet 1993, Macbeth 1994, and Twelfth Night in 1995. Also in 1999 David directed Queensland University of Technology’s international tour of Nowra’s Cosi as part of the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Reaching the World. Recently David completed a practice-led PhD in Performance Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, for which he won the Philip Parsons Prize for performance as research from The Australian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies.
Currently David is Head of Performance Practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts NIDA. About Michael Gow Michael Gow has extensive writing credits for stage, screen and radio. His best known play is the multi-award winning Away, a modern classic of Australian Theatre and one of the most performed Australian plays. Others include Toy Symphony, The Kid, On Top of the World, Europe, 1841, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony awardwinners Furious and Sweet Phoebe, and Live Acts on Stage. For television he has written the mini-series Eden’s Lost, directed by Neil Armfield, and Art’n’Life.
He also adapted his play Europe for radio and wrote The Astronaut’s Wife for ABC Radio. His awards include two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (for Away and Sweet Phoebe); two Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards ( Away and Furious); the Australian Writer’s Guild Major Award for Writing and for Best Play ( Away), a Green Room Award ( Away) an AFI Award for best Mini-Series ( Eden’s Lost). He is also a noted director, and was Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company for many years.
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