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Published on June 6th, 2016 | by admin

Extinction at Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne, with Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) and Red Stitch Actors Theatre, have announced a stellar cast for the co-production of the new Hannie Rayson play Extinction.

Seasoned performers Natasha Herbert and Colin Lane will join Red Stitch ensemble members Brett Cousins and Ngaire Dawn Fair to bring this timely and intelligent new play to life at Arts Centre Melbourne this August.

Set in the Victorian Otways, Extinction draws attention to the plight of the endangered tiger quoll – the largest marsupial predator on the Australian mainland. A wild, rainy night, a twist of fate and an injured quoll bring together a passionate environmentalist and an unlikely Good Samaritan. Both are hell-bent on saving the species, but intentions are murky.

What will be compromised in the quest to save the quoll? Nothing is black and white in this intriguing drama about love, money, sex and power played out under the shadow of global warming.

Writer Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento, Life After George) says the play is “an examination of what it means for the soul to bear witness to the extinction of a species”.

Brett Cousins is a founding member of Red Stitch Actors Theatre and a Green Room Award winner. Fellow ensemble member Ngaire Dawn Fair joined in 2012 and has performed in six Red Stitch productions. Natasha Herbert is a Green Room Award-winning actor, well known for her stage work including Warhorse, I Heart John McEnroe and Neighbourhood Watch.  

Formerly one half of the comedy duo Lano and Woodley, which parted in 2006, Colin Lane has gone on to perform in Don’s Party for Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company, and made various other television, stage and festival appearances.

Directed by acclaimed film director and producer Nadia Tass (The Big Steal, Malcolm, Matching Jack), Extinction delves deep into the heart of our own morals, choices and tightly-held convictions, wrapping an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story.

“The characters are intelligent; the situations are complex. There’s nothing straightforward here, with the mind and the heart jockeying for first place,” says Tass.

Crackles with unexpected wit… A deeply grounded piece of theatre…” – The Australian

“Rayson has a well-deserved reputation for writing challenging, compelling and insightful drama” – Limelight

BOOKING DETAILS

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s Extinction

9 – 13 August 2016

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Tickets: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au 

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Arts Centre Melbourne, with Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) and Red Stitch Actors Theatre, have announced a stellar cast for the co-production of the new Hannie Rayson play Extinction.

 

Seasoned performers Natasha Herbert and Colin Lane will join Red Stitch ensemble members Brett Cousins and Ngaire Dawn Fair to bring this timely and intelligent new play to life at Arts Centre Melbourne this August.

 

Set in the Victorian Otways, Extinction draws attention to the plight of the endangered tiger quoll – the largest marsupial predator on the Australian mainland. A wild, rainy night, a twist of fate and an injured quoll bring together a passionate environmentalist and an unlikely Good Samaritan. Both are hell-bent on saving the species, but intentions are murky.

 

What will be compromised in the quest to save the quoll? Nothing is black and white in this intriguing drama about love, money, sex and power played out under the shadow of global warming.

 

Writer Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento, Life After George) says the play is “an examination of what it means for the soul to bear witness to the extinction of a species”.

 

Brett Cousins is a founding member of Red Stitch Actors Theatre and a Green Room Award winner. Fellow ensemble member Ngaire Dawn Fair joined in 2012 and has performed in six Red Stitch productions. Natasha Herbert is a Green Room Award-winning actor, well known for her stage work including Warhorse, I Heart John McEnroe and Neighbourhood Watch.

 

Formerly one half of the comedy duo Lano and Woodley, which parted in 2006, Colin Lane has gone on to perform in Don’s Party for Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company, and made various other television, stage and festival appearances.

Directed by acclaimed film director and producer Nadia Tass (The Big Steal, Malcolm, Matching Jack), Extinction delves deep into the heart of our own morals, choices and tightly-held convictions, wrapping an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story.

“The characters are intelligent; the situations are complex. There’s nothing straightforward here, with the mind and the heart jockeying for first place,” says Tass.

Crackles with unexpected wit… A deeply grounded piece of theatre…” – The Australian

“Rayson has a well-deserved reputation for writing challenging, compelling and insightful drama” – Limelight

BOOKING DETAILS

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s Extinction

9 – 13 August 2016

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Tickets: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au 


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