The River

RSAT The River A bewitching story from the British author of the global smash Jerusalem, Red Stitch Actors Theatre presents the Australian premiere of Jez Butterworth’s The River from 29 April 2016.

On a moonless night, a nameless man whisks his new lover away to the remote family cabin he’s been coming to since he was a boy. He wants to go trout fishing in the darkness of the new moon and he wants her to join him. But perhaps she is not the first woman he has brought here. As the mystery deepens, intimacy and intrigue abound and the sea trout are ready to run.

Jez Butterworth is known for works which toy with the darker side of human nature. In addition to Jerusalem, his plays include Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling and Parlour Song. He wrote the screenplays for last year’s hit films Spectre and Black Mass, and has won numerous awards for his work, including the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Featuring an entirely Red Stitch Ensemble cast and directed by John Kachoyan (Elegy, MKA Theatre, Bell Shakespeare), The River brings Ensemble members Ngaire Dawn Fair, Dion Mills and Christina O’Neill together on stage for the first time, joined by graduate Ensemble member Eva Seymour.

“Red Stitch has previously produced Jez Butterworth’s second and third plays (The Night Heron and The Winterling),” says Actor Dion Mills. “The River is his sixth. Each word has a reason. A man, a woman, a cabin in the woods, a moonless night, a river in spate. Lures and ghosts, hooks and memories. A hunt for one true thing. And the thrill of the chase.”

“Endlessly mysterious and confirms that Butterworth possesses a singular talent” – The Guardian (UK)

Director: John Kachoyan Featuring: Ngaire Dawn Fair, Dion Mills, Christina O’Neill Set & Costume: Chloe Greaves Lighting: Clare Springett Composition & Sound: Christopher De Groot Assistant Director: Brodie Rowlands Stage Manager: Jacinta Anderson Assistant Stage Manager: Stella Dandolo

The River
Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel Street, St. Kilda East
Season: 29 April – 28 May 2016
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Image: The River – courtesy of Red Stitch Actors Theatre