2009 Green Room Award Nominations (Theatre – Companies)
New writing for the Australian Stage – Rita Kalnejais
Direction – Simon Stone
Female Supporting Performer – Margaret Mills
Male Supporting Performer – Ashley Zukerman (WINNER)
Set Design – Claude Marcos
A presentation of FULL TILT at the Arts Centre in association with The Hayloft Project.
An irreverent renovation of the Immaculate Conception
In our fifth and final production for 2009, Simon Stone directs Rita Kalnejais’ new play B.C.. In a recognisable modern world of lounge rooms, food courts, bus stops and dinner tables, divine impregnation is the last thing you’d expect. B.C. depicts Mary, still living with her parents, as a young hairdresser with a romantic interest in store clerk, Joseph.
Mary has complex connections with her family. Her relationship with her father borders on taboo, there is the strain of her mother Anne’s cancer treatment fraying the maternal bond. Mary gives her honest, sisterly love to Gabriel, her mentally disabled brother who paints his own landscape with avian fantasies and abrupt tracts of ultra-violent reverie. The family argue over feature walls and accept each other’s many failings just like many other families… until Mary is arrested by a higher force. Her life will never be the same again.
“B.C. by Rita Kalnejais, is a captivating, vital and achingly funny production that heralds a powerful new voice in Australian theatre … I want to see it again.” — Cameron Woodhead, The Age (read full review)
“… B.C. is a touching and miraculous play. A 21st century mystery play. And Simon Stone’s production matches it, beat for beat, in genius, detail and barmy wide-eyed wonder. (4 stars)” — Chris Boyd, Herald Sun (read full review)
Written by Rita Kalnejais
Director: Simon Stone
Cast: Tyler Coppin, Nicole Da Silva, Margaret Mills, Yesse Spence, Dylan Young, Ashley Zukerman
Set and Costume Design: Claude Marcos
Lighting Design Consultant: Kimberly Kwa
Sound Design: Stefan Gregory
Producer: Carl Nilsson-Polias
Assistant Producer: Benedict Hardie
Production Manager: Bindi Green
Assistant Production Manager: Anne-Louise Sarks
Costume Assistants: Jane Noonan and Zohie Castellano
Set Assistant: David MacGregor-Scholes
$23 – $28
November 30 – December 19
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Monday November 30 and Tuesday December 1, 7.30pm
Photos in Rehearsal
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.