As part of the State Umbrella program, State Theatre Company is delighted to support the new independent production of Tom Holloway’s award-winning Australian play, Red Sky Morning – currently playing at The Bakehouse Theatre until 30 September 2016.
A woman. A man. A girl. Over the course of a single day these three voices from one family intertwine to tell a story of isolation in regional Australia. Moments missed, dreams not shared and the tragedy of the everyday course through this powerful and redemptive tale about the need to connect.
Crafted by award-winning Australian playwright Tom Holloway (Storm Boy, And No More Shall We Part), Red Sky Morning was named as the ‘play of the year’ by the Sunday Age when first produced by Red Stitch Actors Theatre in Melbourne.
Structured as a lyrical intertwining of three internal monologues, the text is a powerful example of what theatre does best, the telling of stories from heart to heart and mind to mind. Helmed by up-and-coming director Sarah Dunn (Melancholy Play) and starring Rachel Burke, Stephen Sheehan and Julie Wood, this South Australian premiere promises to fill the intimate Bakehouse Theatre with aching, poetic beauty.
“Red Sky Morning effortlessly crawls under your skin and then stays there, gently, and whispers other people’s truths until you feel that they are part of you,” says Director Sarah Dunn. “I can’t wait to give that experience of the play to our audience.”
Sarah Dunn is a founding member of milk theatre collective, and graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre as a director at the end of last year. Sarah has directed and written for Urban Myth Theatre, the five.point.one reading sessions, independent theatre company Go Begging, and was dramaturg and writer for milk theatre collective’s first show, Alice and Peter Grow Up.
Tom Holloway is one of Australia’s most produced playwrights. Tom studied in London at the Royal Court Theatre’s Invitational Writer’s Program and was one of 10 playwrights chosen to be part of their International Young Playwright’s Festival. Red Sky Morning won the 2007 RE Ross Trust Development Award and was funded by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for development from first draft to the stage. His plays have won AWGIE awards, and have been published by Currency Press.
Director: Sarah Dunn Featuring: Rachel Burke, Stephen Sheehan, Julie Wood Designer: Michelle Maddog Delaney Composer: Belinda Gehlert Producer: Jennifer Greer Holmes Writer: Tom Holloway
Red Sky Morning
The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Season continues to 30 September 2016
Information and Bookings: www.statetheatrecompany.com.au
Image: Rachel Burke, Julie Wood and Stephen Sheehan feature in Red Sky Morning – photo by Heath Britton