WINNER - Best production at the 2018 Green Room Awards
A Tasmanian Performs production. Presented by His Majesty’s Theatre.
Families are like seasons: you don't get to pick them, and when they show up you best be ready.
Sharp as a tack and blunt as a brick, The Season is a funny, charming and real portrait of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
The Duncans return to their shed on Bass Strait’s Dog Island for “the season”, the annual harvesting of mutton-birds. But this year, things are different. One generation is giving way to the next, the youngsters have their own way of doing things, and government regulation is making its presence felt, even on this remote patch of earth.
Amid the bird gurry and tiger snakes, Aunty Marlene’s roving eye and the threat of Pop blowing a pooper value, the Duncans reconnect with country and culture. Hatchets are buried, secrets revealed, pranks pulled, deep connections made – and all within a family bursting with love and always up for a laugh.
Little known outside the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, “the birding” is an exuberantly lively expression of culture, here lovingly evoked by playwright Nathan Maynard, a descendant of the chief of the Troowolway Clan of North East Tasmania. Nathan knows those hot, cramped, feather-daubed work sheds first hand, and his hilarious plain-speaking play has the ring of absolute authenticity.
Nathan Maynard has crafted a deadly funny portrait of a singular corner of our world.
Directed by Isaac Drandic and featuring a stellar cast including Mathew Cooper, Trevor Jamieson and Lisa Maza, this national tour of the original acclaimed production is raucous and rowdy celebration of tradition and the bonds that unite us.
Writer Nathan Maynard
Director Isaac Drandic
Dramaturg Peter Matheson
Set and Costumer Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer Rachel Burke
Sound Designer Ben Grant
Cast Mathew Cooper, Nazaree Dickerson, Trevor Jamieson, Lisa Maza & James Slee
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Saturday 25 August 2018 at 2pm
Saturday 25 August 2018 at 7:30pm
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