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.

“Integral to this work and its seamless transition between naturalism and allegory, is Claude Marcos’s set. The action and characters pivot around a wall of sliding doors that, in tandem with the exquisite positioning and design of Kimberly Kwa’s lighting, magically transform from a reflective mirror to transparent glass. In turn it creates and demarcates a single space, such as the wall of the family home, or alternatively, two concurrently visible spaces, such as the house interior and the backyard or two sides of the bus shelter. The action and characters on the ‘other’ side of this screen to the audience become slightly surreal but still audible, they are no less confronting. The startling thud of a human-sized bird hitting the window, leaving in its wake feathers, and a rich, bloody smear on the glass, is one such instance.” – Australian Stage (read full review)

“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

All photos by Jeff Busby.

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