FT_ReceiversAn absurd, dark, sci-fi comedy, Gareth Ellis’ Receivers explores the world of idealistic farmer Hedrick for a limited season at the new Feat Theatre from 19 November.

After years at agricultural school, Hedrick simply cannot make things grow. In a final attempt to save his property from ruin he stumbles into a world populated with a prostitute, a General, a television repair man, an unforgiving computer… and Hillary. Or does he? Welcome to Latin 4 space platform.

“At the outset of writing this play I was drawn to the idea of scientists using quantum physics to prove the existence of God,” says writer, Gareth Ellis. “I thought that if this was possible it could be used to prove all sorts of mad ideas. That delusions or hallucinations could be entirely real, even if they are only perceived by one person.”

“That said, this is not a play about mathematical equations. They have merely afforded me a landscape where anything is possible. While Indigenous land rights, farmers welfare and mental illness are also components of the backdrop for Receivers they are not the point of its production.”

“My aim is not to educate or preach to the audience, but to entertain them. To offer them an absurd science fiction black comedy. Hopefully something they have never seen or heard of on the Australian stage.”

A Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduate, Gareth Ellis has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company, ILBIJERRI, Melbourne Workers Theatre and Arena Theatre Company, and was the recipient of the Wal Cherry Award and Malcolm Robertson Prize for his first full length play A View of Concrete. He has written numerous works including Time With Mrs. Thompson, The Champion Male, I Am A Pessimist, The WeWak Mosquito, The Piano Thief, A Protest and most recently, The Sound Of Waves.

Running since 2010, Feat Theatre is a privately run space, owned and operated by directors of Feat In Space Theatre Company – Amanda Falson and Gareth Ellis. The company is widely recognised as consistently creating and supporting new Australian work, and invite you to join them as they officially launch their new venue with this premiere season.

Writer: Gareth Ellis  Director: Amanda Falson  Featuring: Mark Tregonning, Renee Palmer, Mathew Young, Tom Milton, Leila Rodgers, Eva Torkkola

Feat Theatre, 62 – 64 Oakover Road, Preston
Season: 19 November – 1 December 2014
Bookings: 0407 245 115 or online at

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Image: courtesy of Feat In Space Theatre Company