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MAN WITH THE IRON NECK. A COMMUNING OF SADNESS AND RESILIENCE

Production Images: Victor Frankowski

Treading gently with ancient feet or eagerly wandering on a day trip to the Blue Mountains, Australians all, we know that sound.  Memory calls as the audio and projected images take us into bush outside the town.  The ghost gums tower and the senses twitch with the recalled smell of eucalypts and the shimmer of heat on the skin.  Thus begins the bonding, empathetic and emotional journey into the pain and generational despair of our First Nations brothers and sisters.  A sharing in performance, a production resonating with resilience and love in the face of loss.

MAN WITH THE IRON NECK is an obsession for Ash who has suffered a loss far too common.  The former was a stuntman who risked, for the entertainment of others, leaping with a rope around his neck and Ash is working at survival just as The Great Peters laboured to endure each trick. We meet his girlfriend Evelyn and her twin brother Bear who are living on the edge of town with aspirations and abilities to get them away from there despite their evident strength in family, personified in Mum Rose. Continue reading MAN WITH THE IRON NECK. A COMMUNING OF SADNESS AND RESILIENCE

SUNDAY SERIES: URSULA YOVICH IN INTERVIEW ABOUT THE MAN WITH THE IRON NECK

Production images: Brett Boardman

Playing as part of Sydney Festival 2019, THE MAN WITH THE IRON NECK, a powerful new work by leading physical theatre company Legs on the Wall and Ursula Yovich, is about a family embracing life after trauma.  Weaving together a story written by Yovich, with aerial performance and innovative video design, this bold and tender story addresses the issue of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths.

In one of our favourite interviews this year, The Guide had the chance to speak with the deeply humanist and completely captivating writer and performer, Ursula Yovich.

SAG:                      This is a very exciting project.  I gather it began with Josh Bond’s original concept and work some ten years ago. (Bond is co-director with Gavin Robins) Then you came on as an actor before you started to work on the text?

URSULA:              Yes.  I wasn’t available for the initial workshops but I had committed to joining as an actor and I think at that time they were having some discussions around the writing and that’s when they asked if I’d be involved as a writer. Continue reading SUNDAY SERIES: URSULA YOVICH IN INTERVIEW ABOUT THE MAN WITH THE IRON NECK

GRIFFIN LAUNCHES ITS 2017 SEASON @ NATIONAL ART SCHOOL

All images by Ben Apfelbaum

Artistic Director Lee Lewis launched  Season 2017 at a well attended industry function held on Monday night at the Cell Block Theatre within the National Art School in Darlinghurst.

Three new plays by Australian playwrights will have their premieres.  Ross Mueller navigates the world of office  politics in A Strategic Plan, Declan Greene takes farce to new extremes in The Homosexuals and Michele Lee explores the different relationships that migrants of different generations and backgrounds have with Australia in Rice. 

The fourth Australian play will be a revival of one of the classics of the Australian theatre, Diving For Pearls, written by Katherine Thomson some twenty years ago with Darren Yap  directing and Ursula Yovich in the lead role.

Griffin will also feature a number of independent productions around its main season. Legendary cabaret  performer Robyn Archer will display her extraordinary talents bringing to life music from the classic cabaret repertoire.

Playwright David Williams will combine his talent for storytelling with his passion for football in Smurf in Wonderland  which explores the worlds of sport and tribalism.

For more information about the season and to subscribe visit the Griffin Theatre online at http://www.griffintheatre.com.au or call 93613817.