E Leading environmental scientist opens ‘Delirium’
Cairns 23 September 2014 Delirium by Amy Bell 26 September 2014 – 4 October 2014
(OPENING NIGHT SOLD OUT) JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbot St, Cairns.
JUTE Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that Director of The Cairns Institute, Professor Stewart Lockie, will act as Special Guest Speaker at the Opening night of Delirium, Amy Bell’s darkly funny treatise on the dangers humans face if our connection with the natural world is lost. Professor Lockie, whose research focuses on critical issues associated with global social and environmental change, is the ideal speaker to provide entrée to Amy’s world.
The play will star stunningly versatile New Zealand actress Veronica Brady and film and television veteran Ryan Gibson, and promises an intoxicating experience for audiences with this intimate, adults-only show. Professor Lockie began his research career investigating the evolution and impacts of environmental policy in agriculture.
This has since been extended to studies of biodiversity conservation, environmental standards, markets in ecosystem services, food security, coastal management, resource development, and management of natural and industrial hazards. Bell takes these very real environmental concerns and envisions the impact on the human psyche if these issues are ignored.
The play explores a knife-edge between a gritty, almost surreal darkness and a sharp-witted humour rendered with often quite beautiful language. We are encouraged to laugh at our shortcomings via a kind of gloriously gory slapstick, while an undeniable foreboding licks up our spines, a heady mix for the adventurous theatre-goer.
Director Suellen Maunder describes the show as a very unique experience for JUTE audiences, ‘We’re challenging them to follow the performers through the space; they’ll see the actors transform from one character to another, they’ll see the worlds unfold before their eyes, they will actually be a part of that journey, a fly on the wall in these people’s lives. What Amy has done so beautifully, is take these characters to the extreme but with the most delicious language.
’ Bringing these worlds to life will be actors Veronica Brady and Ryan Gibson. Veronica is a formally trained actor, having graduated from Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School in 2009. She has toured extensively with NZ’s leading image-based devising company Red Leap Theatre and has numerous television appearances under her belt. Ryan is NIDA trained, and will be familiar to audiences from his appearances on hit shows Home and Away and Wonderland, as well as films Kangaroo Jack and Felony.
Delirium will run for one week only, with a limit of 80 tickets per night. The show is adults only.
For those theatre goers who enjoy the occasional chilling lick up the spine with their laughs; come if you dare. 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 Saturday from the Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St Cairns.
by Amy Bell DATES 26 September – 4 October (opening night sold out)
VENUE The JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St Cairns
TICKETS $25-$39 – on sale from www.jute.com.au
WARNINGS Adult themes and stage blood
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.
Veronica Brady is a relatively new addition to the Cairns artistic community, Veronica is a formally trained actor, having graduated from Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School in 2009. For the last few years she has been a regular company member of NZ’s leading image-based devising company Red Leap Theatre, touring throughout New Zealand and to Sydney, Hong Kong and South Korea with both ‘The Arrival’ and ‘Paper Sky’. Veronica has also worked on screen in various short films, television commercials and guest roles in NZ TV series’ ‘Nothing Trivial’ and ‘Go Girls’. As a versatile practitioner, she has dabbled in stage-management, directing and production management, and leads workshops in devising and physical theatre. Veronica is thrilled to make her Cairns stage debut with JUTE in such an unusual and visceral play as ‘Delirium’, and relishes the challenge of embodying such a diverse range characters.
Ryan Gibson Ryan’s television work includes HOME & AWAY, CITY HOMICIDE, RUSH, ALL SAINTS and WONDERLAND. Film credits include Joel Edgerton’s FELONY, KANGAROO JACK for Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and the successfully toured AFTRS short WOUNDED. Ryan’s more recent stage work includes Vanessa Bates’ ‘THE SOURCE’ – part of Bondi Feast 2014 and Stephen Sewell’s ‘RUSSIAN EGG-FLIP’. Other credits include Christopher Durang’s ‘WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM’, ‘STRAIGHT’ with Red Stitch, ‘SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY’ (Melbourne Comedy Festival), Alan Ball’s ‘POWER LUNCH’ at Darlinghurst Theatre, ‘MOTORTOWN’ and ‘THE COLD CHILD’ at the Stables, Vanessa Bates’ ‘CHECKLIST FOR AN ARMED ROBBER’ with Theatre@Risk, Suzy Miller’s ‘SOLD’ at the Old Fitzroy, and ‘SEX:CUBED’ with La Boite Brisbane. Ryan toured Wendy Harmer’s ‘PEARLIE IN THE PARK’, and ‘ACTORS AT WORK’ for Bell Shakespeare. Ryan’s recent commercial work includes fronting the ‘WOTIFIA’ campaign, directed by legendary UK director Rocky Morton. Ryan is a NIDA graduate and has been a proud member of Equity since 2000.
Professor Stewart Lockie began his research career investigating the evolution and impacts of environmental policy in agriculture. This has since been extended to studies of biodiversity conservation, environmental standards, markets in ecosystem services, food security, coastal management, resource development, management of natural and industrial hazards etc. Professor Lockie’s work is multidisciplinary, high impact and focussed on critical issues associated with global social and environmental change. Professor Lockie is involved in numerous leadership activities both within and external to the University. He is the current President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment and Society and a member of the International Council for Science’s Committee for Scientific Planning and Review. He is also Foundation Editor of the journal Environmental Sociology.
In 2012, Professor Lockie was elected to fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
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