Welcome to Red Door

For those who might not have read my more extensive introduction, Red Door is a celebration of plays that I – for various and extremely personal reasons – really dig. They are also works that I regard as key developments, as significant steps in the unfolding story of our theatre. They are by no means the only steps, or even necessarily the most important, but they are all in their own ways fascinating and distinctive works.

Here is the latest release from Red Door, Ben Ellis' Story of the Red Mountains. 

Commissioned by NIDA in 2012, this is Ellis' love letter to a nation about which he feels, at least in part, a sense of ambiguity. As a playwright, Ellis is as unapologetically political as he is tender. If I had to identify a unifying theme in Ellis’ writing, I would say that his preoccupation is the visceral living of politics. Where many playwrights choose the corridors of power as a site to examine politics, Ellis chooses to focus on its impact on the domestic; on those who receive and are forced to live out the decisions, rather than on those who make them.

You'll find more of my thoughts on Story of the Red Mountains, along with our video interview with Ben, on the blog

Tom Healey,
Red Door Curator

LATEST RELEASE: Story of the Red Mountains by Ben Ellis

"Don’t fool yourself, comrade Thomas. Progress is made throughout revolutionary history via blood. That’s why, when we sing The Red Flag, we sing of the deepest red and our martyred dead." - Liz

It’s 1951. A group of communists and sympathisers gather in preparation for the result of the anti-Communist referendum.

Commissioned by the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), award-winning playwright Ben Ellis has crafted a distinctly Australian exploration of politics, isolation and violence. The play is based on a rumour that, in the ‘50s, a group of communists in the Blue Mountains were hoarding firearms in preparation of mutiny.

 Tom Healey in conversation with Ben Ellis.