Funny, fast paced, and written in an Australian poetic vernacular reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Paterson, Boy out of the Country tells a story of land, family and belonging, touring Victoria throughout May and June 2016.
A family property, worthless for generations, is suddenly zoned as part of a regional housing estate to accommodate an ever increasing urban sprawl. At this moment of shifting economies and loyalties, Hunter returns from a seven year absence. Finding his boyhood house boarded up and his mother in a retirement home, Hunter goes in search of answers. And he starts with his brother Gordon.
Award winning poet and playwright Felix Nobis has created a play in Australian verse. It is a play where an old Australia meets a new Australia: where a country cop comes to terms with catchment areas, where a fifth bedroom is more important than a backyard, and where new technologies have the potential of uncovering old family secrets.
A Larrikin Ensemble Theatre Production, Boy out of the Country emerged out of the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme, and has been awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. The production made its premiere at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs in November 2013,
“Touching, funny, raw, bittersweet, the play is at once uniquely Australian and thematically universal” – Australian Book Review
Director / Playwright: Felix Nobis Featuring: Trent Baker, Martin Blum, Chris Bunworth, Jane Clifton, Bang Mango Cools, Amanda LaBonte Lighting / Set Design: Rob Sowinski Producer: Wolf Heidecker
Image: Boy out of the Country – photo by Sarah Walker