Today JUTE Theatre unveiled its 2017 season of three shows that will call to action the Company’s 25-year anniversary and milestone achievement.
JUTE Theatre’s CEO and Artistic Director, Suellen Maunder said this year’s trio of plays have been chosen specially to reflect and resonate with this year’s anniversary celebration.
“Since 1992 JUTE Theatre has been in the business of telling Australian stories that have been produced, performed and toured from our headquarters in Cairns. It has certainly been an exciting journey enabled by dedicated and committed people, and of course, our creative talent base of local writers, actors and producers. To be still here in 2017 with a long and vibrant future ahead is certainly very humbling and I sincerely thank everyone involved – no matter how big or small their role – in making JUTE what it is today,” said Ms Maunder.
Ms Maunder said this year’s season of plays is arguably the Company’s most ambitious collection of shows to date and along with continued touring, development programs, 2017 will be a busy and productive year underpinned by secured philanthropic funding for the next four years.
Commencing the season on 30 March, 2017 is Mr Takahashi (and other falling secrets) directed by JUTE’s CEO and Artistic Director, Suellen Maunder followed by Joh for P.M. by Matilda award-winning playwright, Stephen Carleton and rounding off with Here we all are. Assembled by local award-winning playwright and one of JUTE’s founders, Kathryn Ash.
Mr Takahashi (and other falling secrets) Tickets are now on sale for this season premiere production 30 March to 8 April, 2017.
This powerful play draws inspiration from an important time in Australia’s history; the 1942 bombing of Darwin during World War 11. The Cairns season follows this month’s world-premiere in Darwin in line with the 75 year anniversary.
A town collapses under the threat of invasion as bombshells drop on Northern Australia. Mothers and daughters, sisters, friends and entire cultures are torn apart by the secrets that start to fall. Is Mr Takahashi to blame?
Japan unleashed a wave of attacks on the north, including Cairns and Townsville with particularly devastating effects on Darwin, with three times as many bombs as were dropped on Pearl Harbour. Mr Takahashi examines the home front at this time, focussing upon the lives of multicultural and Indigenous women who contributed to the war effort, making, in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice.
This historical play is produced by JUTE Theatre Company in association with Darwin partners, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. With a cast of five professional actors the project also engages young actors in each centre to fill the ensemble and smaller speaking roles.
JOH for P.M. The political satire and cabaret, Joh for P.M. takes its cue from one of Queensland’s most colourful and polarising politicians. 4 – 19 August, 2017.
Audiences will be treated to a musical romp through the life of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the Queensland icon who set state politics alight. With a script by award winning playwright Stephen Carleton and original score by off Broadway composer Paul Hodge, musical treats include a hilarious collection of songs like ‘Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy’. Bursting at the seams with comedy, the show promises to be an absolute hit!
Here we all are. Assembled by Kathryn Ash is a twisted tale of two hapless characters who dare to question.
Suspended in a rotting dystopian landscape, forgotten by the world, these two are comforted by blissful ignorance, turning a blind eye to the impending Armageddon. Rising from the detritus comes the voracious, clever and manipulative ‘worm’ set to divide the slavish trust of our heroic duo. This witty, insightful and poignant play will seduce you into a collapsing world where you will bear witness to the final showdown between truth and delusion…to be or not to be? 6 – 21 October, 2017.
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JUTE came into being in 1992 when three passionate theatre makers living in Cairns met and creative sparks began to fly. The three founding members of JUTE are Kathryn Ash, Suellen Maunder and Susan Prince. JUTE’s first production launched International Womens’ Day in March 1993 at the height of summer in the un-airconditioned arts centre (shed!). The work was fiery, raw and unique in the region….it was an instant success! JUTE produces plays, tells stories, tours and provides a vast and diverse range of training and development programs for emerging and established writers, actors and theatre professionals.
JUTE is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.