“It is full of happy vulgarity, good gags and storytelling and, above all, a cast of crazy characters whom you cannot help liking”
Nathan Maynard has crafted a deadly funny portrait of a singular corner of our world in The Season.
Somewhere between mainland Australia and its southern-most mate Tassie lies Dog Island. For six weeks every year that’s where you’ll find the Duncans, a mob as funny as they are unforgettable.
They come back to roost for mutton-bird season, and have done for as long as anyone can remember. Amid the threat of snakes and Pop’s explosive temper, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive.
But their long memories and smart-arse streak mean it’s not just the birds sticking their beaks where they’re not welcome.
Old secrets are dug from their burrows and fledgling rivalries begin to take flight – it might all fall apart if it wasn’t for the fierce love that holds this bunch together.
Families are like seasons: you don’t get to pick them, and when they show up you best be ready.
Directed by Isaac Drandic and featuring a stellar cast including Tammy Anderson, Trevor Jamieson and Luke Carroll, this national tour of the original acclaimed production is raucous and rowdy celebration of tradition and the bonds that unite us.
This event is part of the Great Ideas Performance Series; engaging with significant issues of our time, provoking thought and public discourse around big contemporary questions.
Recommended for ages 15+
Writer: Nathan Maynard
Director: Isaac Drandic
Dramaturg: Peter Matheson
Set and Costume Designer: Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer: Rachel Burke
Sound Designer: Ben Grant
Cast: Tammy Anderson, Trevor Jamieson, Luke Carroll, Lisa Maza, Kelton Pell, James Slee, & Nazaree Dickerson
Tickets: School groups $25 (one teacher free per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)
Suitable: Years 10 – 12 (Stage 5 – 6 HSC)
Duration: Wed 26 Sep 11am and Fri 28 Sep 11am 100mins (no interval) plus Q&A and Contextual Talk.
Other performances 100 mins (no interval)
Teacher resource kits will be available.
Major Festivals Initiative
A Tasmania Performs production. The Season is supported by the Australian Government through the Major Festivals Initiative and the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania.