FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUTE Theatre Company presents The Salt Remains by Tom Gardiner.
17 June – 2 July
SALT IS SET TO UNSETTLE CAIRNS
In the best tradition of noire thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, Tom Gardiner’s new play ‘The Salt Remains’ is a study in twists and turns that will keep the audience guessing. Gardiner has written two formidable characters and trapped them in a deadbeat pub, which we can all relate to, in a small rural town at the end of the line.
Olivia is an enigma who only just exists, working a job she hates. David is a middle-aged tourist passing through. When he arrives at the door, David is seeking refuge, from what is not clear.
What tortured complexities drag the smell of salty mist from their haunting pasts to the present?
A story of thwarted redemption, the crossing of their paths is an inconvenient intrusion. But like rivers, some paths should never be crossed because there is no turning back.
When asked, ‘What inspired this work?’ Tom said:
I didn’t set out with any deliberate intent to write a thriller. As the play evolved through drafts, the genre moved from dark comedy to tragedy before evolving into what it is now. The final moments became so fraught and intense that people were describing it as a thriller before I was aware of it myself. Now I’m very happy with that label and can’t wait to see every drop of sweat and terrified breath from the characters.
I’d like the audience to see the characters as authentic. I’m slightly obsessed with getting dialogue sounding right to the ear, so I put a lot of work into developing different voices in the language. I think it’s important in getting the audience to believe that these people are genuine, the story is plausible and the consequences are all too real. If it was in any way seen as something representative or symbolic then the impact would be lost.
This is intelligent, original theatre in the style of Hitchcock but with its own unique flavour.
Directed by Rachel Terry and staring Laila Thaker and David Hynes, the pool of talent on this project will be a spectacular treat on stage for Cairns.
‘The Salt Remains’ will keep you enthralled, guessing again and again as this thought provoking tale unfolds.
This is a quintessential Queensland fable not to be missed.
JUTE Theatre at the Centre of Contemporary Arts
96 Abbott Street, Cairns
Approx 75mins with no interval
Theatre, Entertainment, Performance (or as close to it as categories allow)
Rated M – contains some coarse language
• Like rivers, some paths should never be crossed because there is no turning back.
• What escape is there when the world is nothing but a reminder?
• Hitchcockian thriller on the stage
• A salty mist in your nose, in your mouth, invading your head.
• Corner any creature and watch it bite.
• How do you forgive someone that steals your future?
Playwright – Tom Gardiner
Tom is a graduate of the QUT acting program and worked for several years with the Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, the Queensland Performing Arts Trust and many others before pursuing his other passion in English Literature. Tom has recently returned to the theatre appearing in JUTE’s production of Sentinel Chickens in 2014 as well as developing work through programs such as JUTE’s Enter Stage Write and Playlab’s Labrats.
Director – Rachel Terry
Rachel studied directing at the Queensland University of Technology as part of the Drama Open Programme before being accepted into the acting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art where she completed a Bachelor in Dramatic Art (acting).
Her theatre directing credits include – Frying Saucers and Waiting for Godot(assistant director) at QUT; Anything Goes for Cranbrook Boys School and The Wiz for Ascham Girls High; After Dinner and Europe for Dirty Bird Productions; The Vagina Monologues for Gestation Productions
Rachel has worked as an actor for Jute numerous times since its inception including The Breast Project, The Impossible Dream (remount at Karnak) as well as Soph and the Real World.
In 2015 she directed the creative development of The Salt Remains. She is currently teaching drama and dance at Smithfield State High School.
‘Olivia’ – – Laila Thaker
Born in Cairns, Laila is a professionally trained Indigenous Actor based in Melbourne. Her studies in Theatre and Human Movement have been both here and abroad. Since graduating from JCU Cairns in 2009 and The Actor’s Workshop Brisbane in 2013, Laila has been cast in numerous Films, Theatre Productions, TVC’s and Music Videos. Most notably, ABC’s The Queen and I, Backbone by Carol Burns, Tropical Arts’ The Merchant of Venice, Madame Bast by Matthew Sini, The St Kilda Film Festival alongside Gary Sweet, LA feature film San Andreas, and the award winning Tindia by Nick Rieve. She is currently a resident Actor for Melbourne’s Boutique Theatre Company. Whilst Laila has worked with JUTE previously, this is her first time to take the stage in a lead role.
‘David’ – David Hynes
David Hynes is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he received the prestigious Leslie Anderson Award in 1996.
David most recently toured the US with Monkey Baa’s production of I AM JACK. His other theatre credits include LOCKIE LEONARD HUMAN TORPEDO and MANAGING CARMEN for Ensemble, MACBETH, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, AS YOU LIKE IT and THE WINTER’S TALE for Bell Shakespeare, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER for the Sydney Theatre Company, LIVE ACTS ON STAGE for Black Swan, STONES IN HIS POCKETS for Riverina Theatre Company, HAMLET for Pork Chop, HENRY 5 for Household Words, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE for CZ2 and A NEW BRAIN for Blackbird, as well as SPRUNG! for Monkey Baa.
David was most recently seen as Bruce Cudd in PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR for the Seven Network. His other television credits include HOUSE OF HANCOCK, POWER GAMES, PUBERTY BLUES, HOWZAT! KERRY PACKER’S WAR, UNDERBELLY: RAZOR, RAKE, TRICKY BUSINESS, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, LAID, THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT PARENTING SHOW, THE GRUEN TRANSFER, ALL SAINTS, BLUE HEELERS, TOUGH NUTS, WHITE COLLAR BLUE, BIG SKY, BACKBERNER and 100 YEARS THE AUSTRALIA STORY. David’s voice can be heard regularly on the ABC’s MEDIA WATCH.
Groups 4+ $28
Student Groups $15
Opening Night + $10 (Red carpet event with glass sparkling + canapés on arrival)
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.