Two sisters prepare themselves for society. One punch at a time. Three acclaimed theatre makers, Susie Dee, Kate Sherman and Nicci Wilks, come together at Theatre Works from 18 November 2016, to present the world premiere of Animal – an unflinching examination of violence and violence against women.
Animal is a dark horror, a minute tale of epic proportions. In a remote town, two sisters hover on the edge of society. Unable to withstand their circumstance any longer they begin a relentless quest to prepare for the outside world. Through heightened physicality and visceral splendour, Animal explores the circumstance we are born into and the cycle of violence.
The debut production from inFlux, Animal looks at what we don’t like to see, or perhaps choose to ignore, and asks the question: how do women respond to a world that celebrates the brutishness of men? Formed in 2009 by Dee, Sherman and Wilks, inFlux was born out of the collective desire to present work that is bold, unafraid and reveals humanity with all of its complexities and ugliness.
For the past decade Susie Dee has developed new work with writers such as Angus Cerini, Declan Greene, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius. In 2013 Susie won a Green Room Award for her direction of Patricia Cornelius’ award-winning play Savages, and in 2015 directed SHIT by Patricia at the NEON Independent Festival for MTC which took home 4 Green Room Awards.
Nicci Wilks was Assistant Director and performer for the Green Room Award winning show Taxi by Dee & Cornelius, co-creator of the highly acclaimed show The Long Pigs, with Susie Dee, and performer in Dees critically acclaimed production of SHIT by Patricia Cornelius, while Kate Sherman has collaborated on works Genius (Festival of Live Art), Under Different Circumstances (Performance Space), The Perfect Boy Redux – Imaginarium (The Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Once Under A Sky (Old Fitz Theatre) and worked with companies such as STC (Macbeth), Belvoir (Ruby’s Wish), Legs On The Wall (Beyond Belief, My Bicycle Loves You).
Director and Creator: Susie Dee Performers and Creators: Kate Sherman, Nicci Wilks Composer: Kelly Ryall Designer: Marg Horwell Lighting: Andy Turner Text: Angus Cerini
Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Season: 18 – 27 November 2016
Information and Bookings: www.theatreworks.org.au
Image: Nicci Wilks and Kate Sherman feature in Animal (supplied)