By Angus CeriniDrama Sydney Theatre Company
Wonnangatta Station, 1918. Two men arrive at a dark and empty farmhouse looking for the manager, their friend Jim Barclay. No one’s heard from him for more than a month. Something’s amiss. Then a grim discovery sets the men off on a journey across the harsh Australian terrain, looking for answers, maybe for revenge.
Angus Cerini’s multi-award-winning The Bleeding Tree was a sensation on its premiere at Griffin Theatre and again when remounted by STC at The Wharf. In Wonnangatta, Cerini’s dark lyricism explores the Australian landscape – geographic and psychological – in a hard-driving yet poetic celebration of language and story.
Theatrical powerhouses Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair bring these words to life in an exciting world premiere production directed by Resident Director Jessica Arthur.
This Australian gothic fable will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Angus Cerini is one of Australia’s most unique and gifted voices in the theatre. His play Wonnongatta presents a rich, compelling and poetic world. Based on a true story, it follows two men in a journey across extraordinarily drawn images of country and deep into the fascinating recesses of an unsolved murder, Cerini employes language that is to die for – visceral, rhythmic and superb. An absolute gift for the two actors to inhabit the magnificent and metaphysical world of this play. Cerini is a master craftsman whose use of the English language is utterly delectable and sumptuous whilst being deeply and authentically of its place.
An extract from Wonnangatta is available here.
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