Tree Widows …

The Tasmanian Theatre Company (TTC) launches its 2016 artistic program
this evening with a guest list that includes Premier Will Hodgman, a ‘Who’s
Who’ of Tasmanian theatre, and a few Adelie Penguins!

This year the TTC will present a four-play season that includes three world
premiers of new Tasmanian works, and one special piece back-by-popular demand.
The first three shows all involve walking or travelling by bus as part of the
experience and the final show is about travelling. Artistic Director, Charles
Parkinson said:

“I am always pleasantly surprised by the incidental and, often
unintended, similarities that crop up across a season’s program and
this year could be called ‘the travelling year’. The 2016 program
presents four radically different productions in content, style and
location, yet all involve some kind of travel.”

The Tree Widows is beautiful piece of travelling theatre inspired by the
Soldier’s Memorial Avenue on the Queen’s Domain, written and directed by
multi-award winning Australian playwright, Alana Valentine.

Four of Tasmania’s finest actors take the audience on a journey along the
avenue, travelling from tree to tree and into the colony’s original gunpowder
store. Only forty people at a time will have the opportunity to experience this
unique piece of theatre.

In 2014, when TTC staged Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia
in the Esmond Dorney-designed Fort Nelson House the entire
season sold out before opening, leaving many people disappointed to have
missed out.

In a rare move, the TTC are remounting that much loved production for a
very limited run this July. Those who are fortunate (and quick!) enough to get
tickets will again enjoy being transported by private bus to that very special
location on Porter Hill with their fellow audience members. It is an evening of
entertainment that begins before you even set foot in the venue.

Second Echo Ensemble has been working for the last two years to produce a
response to Igor Stravinsky’s twentieth century masterpiece, The Rite of
– a work so controversial there was riot at its premiere in 1913.

We don’t anticipate a riot (although that might be fun) when the Ensemble’s
engaging new work Rite Of Spring takes its audience on a journey to four
venues in and around Salamanca Place. But we are expecting wonderment
and delight.

A new Tasmanian play is an unusual thing, but a new Tasmanian musical is a
very unusual thing! Antarctica is an inspiring musical that transports you to
the great southern continent.

An exceptional cast and creative team will fill the Theatre Royal with beautiful,
catchy songs, hand crafted puppets (penguins!) and exceptional design.
It is with great pleasure the TTC invites you all to come on the journey with
us in this, our travelling year.
Clare Power