EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW A JUTE Theatre Company Production ‘STEWED’
by Angela Murphy
DATE: Tuesday, 3 March 2015 TIME: 10am till 11am sharp
WHERE: The JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts 96 Abbott St, Cairns (home of those giant Jelly Babies, free parking at rear of building & entry to the theatre through the centre foyer).
SUBJECT: One & only media preview of JUTE’s Season Opener ‘STEWED’ by Angela Murphy ahead of the productions’ Premiere in Cairns on Friday 6 March to be officially opened by Phoebe Kitto, Director of HR Dynamics.
ANGLE: Invited media will be treated to an exclusive preview inside the theatre on the set with the actors in full costume. The actors will run short excerpts from this remarkable new professional Australian theatre production with the actors & creatives available for interviews. Meet the Cairns based writer & the impressive professional theatre Design team.
TALENT: Directed by Peta Cooke // Dramaturg Peter Matheson // Set Design Simone Tesorieri & Simona Cosentini // Lighting Design Jason Glenwright // Sound Design Andrew Furze // Featuring Veronica Brady, Sue Hayes & Brett Walsh.
MEDIA INFO: Samira Montgomery, T: 07 4050 9444, M: 0459 215 633 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewed is an office comedy from Angela Murphy, the writer who gave us ‘What are the Odds?’ “It is genuinely one of the company’s funniest productions ever……A quintessentially North Queensland and hilariously funny tale ….
” Writes Reviewer Jesse Kuch for The Cairns Post after seeing ‘What are the Odds?’
The Cairns based playwright believes that comedy is the best way to send strong messages. ‘I like to make people happy and give them hope’ says Angela. The show’s Director, Peta Cooke, describes the show as “a bureaucratic bouillabaisse, that will make you laugh while questioning the ethics and behaviours of co-workers, and the fallout of their decisions.”
“I’ve had a lot of experience working in big bureaucracies and that’s where the kernel of the idea came from” adds Angela. Angela has created three strong characters that everyone will recognise – we’ve all seen them in the various workplaces we’ve inhabited. But Angela’s writing takes these characters and puts them in hilariously heightened situations where they are pushed to the edge of their ethics.
“This will be a great fun night at the theatre and one that will see people laughing and thinking about the situations they encounter in their workplace, long after the play has finished” said Suellen Maunder, Artistic Director of JUTE Theatre Company.
‘Be respectful to all people and care about them, that’s the message for this play’ says Angela. Synopsis: The offices of Shelbourne Harbour Institute of Tertiary Education (SITE) are infused with the business of bureaucracy and pots of Ginger Kiss tea. Moondance, a product of Nimbin parents Rainbow and Glass, has well and truly moved on from that world, to become a dedicated worker at SITE. For the last six months she has held the position of part-time, Acting Manager of The Operations and Equity Department (TOED). When the much younger Branka Radich, newly-appointed permanent Manager arrives spruiking orders to ‘shave the fat’, the hem of Moondance’s full-length skirts start to unravel.
Office life for Moondance is about to change forever. ‘Stewed’ is on for 2 weeks, 6-21 March.
Tickets are available from $25 at jute.com.au.
‘Stewed’ by Angela Murphy
DATES 6-21 March 2015
VENUE The JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St Cairns
TICKETS Tickets from $25 on sale from www.jute.com.au or from Ticketlink
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 Angela Murphy Angela Murphy is a Cairns-based practitioner. In 2006 her play, The Boathouse, was co-produced by JUTE Theatre Company, Cairns and Darwin Theatre Company, Darwin. In 2009 Survival Instincts was a finalist at the Sydney and Brisbane Short and Sweet Festivals. It won Best Actress, runner-up Best Actor and was nominated Best Play of the Brisbane Festival (Brisbane Powerhouse). In Sydney it won the People’s Choice Awards and third place Judges’ Choice Awards, Sydney Festival (Week Three, Seymour Centre Sydney). In 2010 Survival Instincts won Best Actress at the Canberra Short and Sweet Festival, and third place for Best Script and Best Overall Production (Canberra Theatre Centre).
In 2011, What are the Odds? set on a suburban Melbourne Cup day, and produced by JUTE Theatre Company, was a box office hit. Angela has won awards for her short stories and been a writers’ festival panel member and workshop presenter throughout north Queensland. She provides professional writing services for newspapers, magazines, individuals, agencies, James Cook University and Education Queensland.