Theatre Works and inFlux present the world premiere of

Animal

17 – 27 November

Director: Susie Dee Created by: Susie Dee, Kate Sherman & Nicci Wilks

Performed by: Kate Sherman and Nicci Wilks Composer: Kelly Ryall

Designer: Marg Horwell Lighting: Andy Turner Text: Angus Cerini

Two sisters prepare themselves for society. One punch at a time.

Three acclaimed theatre makers, Susie Dee, Kate Sherman and Nicci Wilks come together to present the world premiere of Animal, an unflinching examination of violence and violence against women.

Animal is a dark horror, a minute tale of epic proportions. In a remote town, two sisters hover on the edge of society. Unable to withstand their circumstance any longer they begin a relentless quest to prepare for the outside world. Through heightened physicality and visceral splendour, Animal explores the circumstance we are born into and the cycle of violence.

The debut production from inFlux, Animal looks at what we don’t like to see, or perhaps choose to ignore, and asks the question: how do women respond to a world that celebrates the brutishness of men?

Formed in 2009 by Dee, Sherman and Wilks, inFlux was born out of the collective desire to present work that is bold, unafraid and reveals humanity with all of its complexities and ugliness. For the past decade Susie Dee has developed new work with writers such as Angus Cerini, Declan Greene, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius. In 2013 Susie won a Green Room Award for her direction of Patricia Cornelius’ award-winning play Savages and in 2015 directed SHIT by Patricia at the NEON Independent Festival for MTC which took home 4 Green Room Awards.

Nicci Wilks was Assistant Director and performer for the Green Room Award winning show Taxi by Dee & Cornelius, co-creator of the highly acclaimed show The Long Pigs, with Susie Dee, and performer in Dees critically acclaimed production of SHIT by Patricia Cornelius, while Kate Sherman has collaborated on works Genius (Festival of Live Art), Under Different Circumstances (Performance Space), The Perfect Boy Redux – Imaginarium (The Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Once Under A Sky (Old Fitz Theatre) and worked with companies such as STC (Macbeth), Belvoir (Ruby’s Wish), Legs On The Wall (Beyond Belief, My Bicycle Loves You).

‘Director Susie Dee should be commended for shaping such vivid performances’ – Cameron Woodhead, The Age on Patricia Cornelius’ Shit

‘It’s not often in the theatre that you suddenly realise you are in the presence of creative genius’ – Geoffrey Williams, Stage Whispers on The Long Pigs by Dee and Wilks.

Where: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

When: 17 Nov 2016 – 27 Nov 2016

Time: Thu to Sat 8pm plus Wed 23 Nov 8pm & Sundays at 5pm

Previews: Thu 17 November at 8pm

Prices: $35 Full / $26 Conc, Under 30, Groups 8+ /$20 Preview [plus $2.50 booking fee per ticket]

Bookings: theatreworks.org.au / 03 9534 3388

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