LAND&SEA By Nicki Bloom Directed by Chris Drummond
12 - 26 May 2012 Queen’s Theatre
Writer’s notes / Nicki Bloom
Director’s notes / Chris Drummond
Land & Sea exists in the in-between space. In between consciousness and unconsciousness, knowing and not knowing, history and future, speech and song, ritual and mess, solidity and fluidity, logic and instinct, death and life. Characters morph and shift yet remain themselves. We move backwards, forwards and sideways in time, yet remain anchored in the present.
Land & Sea began with a series of conversations Nicki Bloom and I had about strange loops, optical illusions and the theatre of Christoph Marthaler. We wanted to create a show where the audience could exist between time and space, a show that in some sense might be experienced like a kind of living theatrical Escher painting. The ideas that arose from those discussions led to a two week creative development exploring notions of exile, unfaithfulness, twinship, memory, abandonment and the desolation of the urban landscape. From these collaborative beginnings Nicki wrote Land & Sea, drawing together the images and threads of the workshop into her own unique and compelling vision.
Land & Sea’s genesis was in 2008, in a series of conversations that Chris Drummond and I had about the kind of theatre we might like to make together. After two workshops, several drafts, and four years of continuing conversation, expanded to include the actors, musicians and designers who contributed their talents and energy to the workshops, this is what we have to give you.
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For me Land & Sea is a meditation on the nature of existence – both in a Darwinian sense: the brutality and arbitrariness of survival - and in the sense that a single life is an ever-changing and transformative journey. It suggests that as we look back over the course of our lives we will wonder at the strange paths taken and the even stranger people we, ourselves, have become. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a particular thanks to Nicki for her beautiful play, all the fabulous cast, creative team and crew, the fantastic Brink team, Alice Sainsbury, Zoë Barry, Roz Hervey and my wonderful girls Susannah, Lotte, Isi and Bea.
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Characters Mr Greene / King Billy / B / Bill / William
Vera / Vera the True / V / Vivienne
Essie / Queen Esther / E / Miss Estella / Esti
Poor Tom / Prince Tomason / T / Tommy / Thomas
The world premiere of Land & Sea by Nicki Bloom was commissioned and produced by Brink Productions on 12 May 2012 at the Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide Brink Productions’ commission of Nicki Bloom is supported by Jo and Anthony Archer, Susan Everett, Hughes Public Relations, Greg and Sophia Otto & Andrew and Susan Saies.
* Hilary Kleinig is a member of the Zephyr Quartet
Production team Production Manager
Technical Manager & Sound Operator
Front of house
John Glennon/Venue Staff
Chris Herzfeld, Jonathan Van Der Knaap
The Captioning Studio
Brad Thomson (AC Arts)
Assistant Stage Manager Nathan D’Agostino Show Mechanist
Show Lighting Board Operator
Robert Forrest, Tim Willett
Jam Factory Glass Studio
Costume Maker & Maintenance
** Nescha Jelk was supported with an Arts SA project grant for her placement as Assistant Director
15 May Captioned performance and captioned post show meet the cast* 24 May Pre-show vision-impaired briefing The captioning to handheld devices is supported by The MAC Centre Norwood
Brink Productions warmly thanks Adelaide College of the Arts, Adelaide Festival Centre Production & Sound Departments, Akos Armont, Alice Sainsbury, Andreas Sobik, Arnaud Benassy, Arts SA, Corey McMahon, Dom Blackwell, Fringe Benefits (Renee Jones), Katherine Braun, Ksenja Logos, Melanie Selwood, Malone’s, Mick Jackson, Mosaic Audio Visual, Neville Cichon, Osmond Electronics, Phil Grummet, Roz Hervey, State Theatre Company of South Australia, The Jam Factory, Veolia Environmental Services, Vitalstatistix (Justin Pennington), Zoë Barry.
Nicki Bloom / Writer Nicki Bloom’s debut play Tender was first produced by nowyesnow in May 2007 as part of the B-Sharp downstairs season at Company B Belvoir Street. In late 2008, an enhanced version of this original production toured to Hothouse Theatre (Albury) and Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney), playing as part of the main stage subscription seasons at both theatre companies. In July 2009 Tender was produced by the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater’s Anspacher space in New York City, USA. Tender is published by Currency Press. Nicki’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts was produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in October 2008, and is published by Phoenix Press. She jointly adapted Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with director Geordie Brookman, and this adaptation was first produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in August 2010. Other productions include Summer at Griffin Theatre Company in 2008 and Footsoldiers by Stone/Castro and ReelTime Collaborators at the 2009 Gorge Festival. Summer is published by Currency Press in a collection of plays entitled ‘Short Circuit’. Nicki’s playwriting awards include the 2006 Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize (Tender); the 2007 Inscription Chairman’s Award for Best Play (Tender); the 2008 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (Bloodwood); the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (Bloodwood); the 2012 Jill Blewett Playwrights’ Award (A Cathedral); and the 2012 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship (The Sun and the Other Stars). Other awards include the Henry Lawson Prize for Prose. Her work has also been shortlisted for several other awards, including the 2008 New South Wales Premier’s Play Award (Tender); the 2007 Philip Parsons Playwriting Award
(Tender); and the 2006 Max Afford Playwriting Award (Tender). Nicki was the recipient of the Express Media Playwriting mentorship in 2006, was a panellist at the 2007 Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne and a 2008 resident writer at Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney. She is an affiliate artist with Brink Productions in Adelaide and co-artistic director of performance company nowyesnow. She has been the recipient of two Goethe-Institut scholarships to Germany – the first a language study scholarship in May 2008 and the second to attend Berlin’s ‘Theatertreffen’ as part of an international forum of theatre-makers in May 2009. She has recently completed commissions for several of Australia’s major theatre companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, and Griffin Theatre Company.
Chris Drummond / Director Chris Drummond is Artistic Director of Brink Productions where his directing credits include Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, Harbinger, The Hypochondriac, Beetle Graduation, The Clockwork Forest (co-production with Windmill), This Uncharted Hour and an adaptation of Brecht’s Drums in the Night. His production of When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (created in collaboration with Hossein Valamanesh and Brink) premiered at the 2008 Adelaide Festival and has gone on on to win a raft of awards. It had an extended season at Sydney Opera House presented by STC and a season presented by MTC with Melbourne Festival in 2009, then toured to Brisbane, Canberra and Alice Springs in 2010. Harbinger was nominated for two 2010 Adelaide Critics’ Circle Awards. The Hypochondriac won the 2009 Adelaide Critics’ Circle Group Award and Chris was nominated for the Individual Award as Director. In 2009 Chris directed The Flying Dutchman for State Opera of South Australia for which he received a Best Director Helpmann Award nomination. While Associate Director of STCSA from 2001 to 2004, Chris’ production of Night Letters, co-adapted with writer Susan Rogers, was presented at the 2004 Adelaide Festival and Playbox, was short-listed for a 2005 NSW Premier’s Literary Award and nominated for a number of Helpmann and Victorian Green Room Awards.
Wendy Todd / Designer
Hilary Kleinig / Music Director
Wendy Todd designed the set and costumes for Brink’s productions of Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, Harbinger, The Hypochondriac and Beetle Graduation; Freaky for Cirkidz (2009 Come Out) and the 2007/2008 production The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy by Slingsby. She was Assistant Designer of The Persian Garden, the late night club for the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in both 2006 and 2008. Wendy graduated from Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2004 and has worked with numerous companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Brink Productions, Helpmann Academy, State Opera of South Australia, Windmill Performing Arts, Carclew, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival of Arts and other festivals in a variety of roles including stage and production management, model-making and harness design for dancers.
Hilary is a multi-skilled musician whose work includes performance, composition and arranging, education and arts management. She plays cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba. As a baroque cellist she regularly plays with chamber ensembles such as Syntony, Adelaide Baroque, Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. At the other end of the musical spectrum she is also a skilled improviser and plays amplified cello with various experimental and improvising ensembles. As a member of the Zephyr Quartet Hilary has performed in many varied venues and festivals in Adelaide, as well as interstate and overseas, and has much experience in playing and commissioning contemporary music and in crossart form collaborations. Hilary also composes and arranges music for film, dance, theatre and ensembles. Her song ‘Fill me’ was selected by New Internationalist Magazine as part of the Peace Not War compilation. She has written music for Freshbred, SA’s youth dance ensemble, for Restless Dance Theatre and for various school string ensembles. In 2010 she was composer/ musical director of Restless Dance Theatre’s Next of Kin, writing a live score for an 8-piece ensemble which she also played in and directed to critical acclaim.
Geoff Cobham / Lighting Designer
Kay Jamieson / Producer
Geoff has worked as a Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Production Manager, Event Producer and Venue Designer for more than 30 years. His most recent lighting designs include Romeo & Juliet, Metro Street and Attempts On Her Life (State Theatre of SA), The Wizard of Oz (Windmill), G (Australian Dance Theatre), Burning Daylight (Marregeku), Freaky (Cirkidz), Skip Miller’s Hit Songs and The Hypochondriac (Brink), The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby) and Here Lies Love (David Byrne). Geoff’s many set and lighting designs include Never Did Me Any Harm (STC and Force Majeure), The Age I’m In (Force Majeure), The Flying Dutchman (State Opera of SA), construct (Tanja Liedtke), Plop (Windmill), Me & My Shadow, Fastest Boy (Patch Theatre), and HELD (Australian Dance Theatre). Geoff was Production Manager of the 1995 Sydney Festival, the 1996-2000 Adelaide Festivals, Womadelaide 1997 & 2001, Come Out 1999 & 2001 and Production Manager and Festival Designer of the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Adelaide Festivals. He received a Green Room Award and the 2006 Adelaide Critics Award for his lighting of Night Letters (State Theatre of SA) and in 2010 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study Outdoor Theatre in Europe.
Kay Jamieson has been Executive Producer of Brink Productions for five years. She has more than 25 years experience in the arts, primarily producing major events and complex international arts festivals (Perth and Melbourne Festivals 1988-2001). Kay has produced Australian and international tours for dance, theatre, physical theatre, visual theatre/ puppetry and music. After graduation from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts she began her professional arts career as an opera stage manager and worked primarily in festivals, opera/ musicals, theatre and chamber music in Australia. In the mid ‘90s she undertook a 12-month residency with Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad, India. From 2002-2007 Kay was based in Melbourne as an independent producer of new work, tours and major events as well as being an agent for a number of Australian and international artists and companies.
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Danielle won her first feature film role in 2007 when she was cast as Esther Blueburger in the feature film Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger. Danielle starred opposite Toni Collette, Essie Davis and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Following the completion of Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger, Danielle was cast in the prestigious Sydney Theatre Company’s 2008 season play Blackbird directed by Cate Blanchett. Danielle also starred opposite Natalie Imbruglia in the Australian feature film Closed for Winter which opened in March 2009, as well as completing a guest appearance on Seven Network’s All Saints. Danielle has recently performed on stage in the plays Fugitive and Girl Who Cried Wolf for Windmill Theatre Company and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Belvoir St Theatre. In 2009, Danielle won the L’Oreal Paris AFI Young Actor Award and was awarded the 2010 Young South Australian of the Year Award.
Thomas Conroy’s stage credits include Romeo & Juliet (STCSA), Moth (Malthouse/ Arena Theatre Company/ Brisbane Powerhouse), Spring Awakening (Sydney Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Bell Shakespeare), Delectable Shelter (Hayloft Project), Heaven (ISM), Something Natural But Very Childish (La Mama), The Sweetest Thing (B Sharp). He was part of a creative development workshop in December 2010 London for the upcoming Brink Productions and English Touring Theatre co-production. Thomas was awarded the 2010 Green Room Award for Best Male Actor Independent Theatre for Something Natural But Very Childish.
Jacqy began her career in the halcyon years for the Arts of the Dunstan/Whitlam era, with ten years for the first Magpie Theatre Company and State Theatre Company, including two years in Jim Sharman’s Lighthouse Company, which culminated in the production of Patrick White’s Netherwood and Twelfth Night on stage and film for the Sydney Festival in 1984. She was Artistic Director for Patch Theatre Company for a year before moving to Sydney in the 80s, where she worked with Sydney Theatre Company and Riverina and Hunter Valley Theatre Companies, and was the original Irene in Home and Away before returning to Adelaide in 2000. Since then she has performed a seven-year season of Pigs Bears & Billy Goat’s Gruff for Patch Theatre Company, with New York and Singapore as highlights. She received two awards for Stephen House’s Miss Blossom Callahan and Sean Riley’s Beautiful Words and most recently she has worked for Brink Productions in The Hypochondriac and State Theatre Company in Buried Child. She is half of the duo Tin Can Alley and her latest film role is the awful Mrs Cribbage in Red Dog.
Rory Walker Rory has appeared with Junction Theatre Company, Patch Theatre Company, The Border Project , Flying Penguin Productions, Windmill Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Slingsby Theatre Company. For Brink he has appeared in Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, The Hypochondriac, The Europeans, Roberto Zucco, A Dream Play, Killer Joe, The Duck Shooter, Brecht’s Drums in the Night and The Clockwork Forest (Windmill/ Brink). Musical Theatre credits include SCAM for Junction Theatre Company, Co-Opera’s Treemonisha and Mahagonny, and Brundibar for Windmill.
Françoise Piron / Production Manager Françoise is currently Brink’s Production Manager and Touring Coordinator. After working as a librarian in Canberra and Melbourne, Françoise trained as a stage manager at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1995 she worked with Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre as stage manager and, from 1996 to 1998, at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance as production manager. As a freelance production manager, stage manager and project coordinator she has worked for the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1996-2002 and 2006), the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2002-2008, 2011), the Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts Projects Australia, Brink Productions, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Womadelaide.
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Lucie Balsamo / Stage Manager Lucie graduated in 2002 with an Advanced Diploma of Entertainment in Stage Management from AIT Arts (formerly the Centre for Performing Arts). Since graduating Lucie has worked as a Stage Manager for Brink Productions on The Hypochondriac and Beetle Graduation, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Windmill Performing Arts, Patch Theatre Company, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival Centre and as an Assistant Stage Manager for the State Opera of South Australia; as a Production Coordinator for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Arts Projects Australia, WOMAD Earthstation, Adelaide Film Festival and as a Production Manager for the 2009 Adelaide Film Festival. Recently she has worked as the Stage Manager for a number of Australian Dance Theatre’s shows and tours including the premiere of Proximity in this year’s 2012 Adelaide Festival.
Nathan D’Agostino / Assistant Stage Manager Nathan graduated in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma of Stage Management from Adelaide College of the Arts. Over the past few years, Nathan has worked on many festivals and shows in both production and stage management roles. This includes work for WOMADelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival ‘Barrio’, Feast Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Come Out Festival, Stereosonic, Summadayze and Urban Myth Theatre Company. This is Nathan’s first show with Brink Productions.
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Queen's Theatre, Adelaide May 12-26 2012 A gun. A bath. A telephone. An island.