Wonnangatta

 

Wonnangatta Station, 1918. Two men arrive at a dark and empty farmhouse looking for the manager, their friend Jim Barclay. No one’s heard from him for more than a month. Something’s amiss. Then a grim discovery sets the men off on a journey across the harsh Australian terrain, looking for answers, maybe for revenge.

 

Angus Cerini’s multi-award-winning The Bleeding Tree was a sensation on its premiere at Griffin Theatre and again when remounted by STC at The Wharf. In Wonnangatta, Cerini’s dark lyricism explores the Australian landscape – geographic and psychological – in a hard-driving yet poetic celebration of language and story.

Writer: Angus Cerini

Director: Jessica Arthur

Designer: Jacob Nash

Lighting: Nick Schlieper

Composition and Sound Design: Stefan Gregory

Assistant Director: Deborah Brown

Movement Director: Tom Hodgson 
Voice and Text Coach Danielle Roffe

Cast: Wayne Blair and Hugo Weaving

Photographer: Prudence Upton

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★★★★ "This is strong, bold, and innovative work, well cast and well directed." Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ "Atmospherically staged and brilliantly performed by Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair." Limelight Magazine

★★★★ "Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair, two titans of their craft, conjure vast landscapes, vividly painting scene after scene with their words." Time Out

★★★★ 1/2 "A thrumming and immediate theatre experience to be revelled in for its beauty and terrors." Arts Hub

 

"Under Jessica Arthur’s assured direction, these are occasionally synchronised bushmen, with stability and a laconic economy of movement in roaming the raked stage and rhythmically riding dangerous trails in search of answers." Judith Greenaway, ArtsHub

"Director Jessica Arthur shows fearless restraint in her largely static treatment. Weaving and Blair – also socially distanced on stage – trade theatrical physicality for sheer intensity of delivery...Arthur’s confidence in allowing her actors to bear the full weight of the storytelling is both a credit to her trust as a theatremaker and her understanding of her collaborators." - Maxim Boon, Time Out