In a shitty flat sit two shitty people, shitty lives hanging out all over the place, Attic Erratic presents the world premiere season of Blessed at The Coopers Malthouse – as part of the 2016 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.
A brutal, epic and incredibly human love story, Blessed follows two familiar strangers so entangled, dark and claustrophobic that nothing in this world could lift them out of their current situation.
The second work in a trilogy of political plays that investigate religion and dogma, Blessed openly and candidly presents something that few people want to talk about: the anger, helplessness, fear and lack of control felt by those who were never really given a choice.
Told through a fractured timeline, Blessed is a story that spans fifteen years and looks at the stagnant horror of inter-generational Australian poverty in the context of religious mythology. A story of dreaming beyond your front door, Blessed is a struggle to rise above a birthright of poor education, community housing and low paid jobs that bring in just enough to stay alive, but not enough to live on.
As hope and pessimism collide, and dreams remain out of reach, Blessed asks the question: where does love end in the face of much larger responsibilities?
Shortlisted for the Max Afford Playwrights’ Award (Playwriting Australia) and recipient of the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award (Adelaide Festival), Blessed is the fourth collaboration between writer Fleur Kilpatrick and director and producer Danny Delahunty (previous works together include: The City They Burned, Skinhouse and Insomnia Cat Came to Stay).
Writer: Fleur Kilpatrick Director / Producer: Danny Delahunty Performers: Olivia Monticciolo, Matt Hickey Set and Properties Design: Luc Favre Lighting Design: Rob Sowinski Sound Design and Composition: Tom Pitts
The Tower – The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season continues to 20 November 2016
For more information, visit: www.poppyseedfestival.com for details.
Image: Attic Erratic presents Blessed as part of the 2016 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival – photo by Jules Tahan