Talking about The Flood
AustralianPlays.org reports on an Australian play on stage
You're never alone, even when there's not a soul for miles. You never feel alone out here, there's always something, watching. Sometimes, I'm out there by the river, and I feel like someone's just behind me, and I turn, but there's no one there....
Jackie Smith and Moira Finucane have been making theatre together for some 15 years as Finucane & Smith. They've become known for their "wild and arresting mix of provocation and entertainment."
The Flood, written by Jackie and produced by Moira, represents something of a departure, being an example of the classic text-based play, as opposed to their acclaimed work in the realm of cabaret...
Playwright Jackie Smith and producer Moira Finucane talk to the Australian Script Centre's Gail Cork about their work and The Flood, which is currently touring the country.
With thanks to the Theatre Theatre Royal and Fullers Bookshop.
Jackie Smith's first solo performance works were Space History in 1992 and Pamela Rose Country (1994) won ABC Radio Awards.
In 2001 she was joint winner of the Patrick White Playwright Award for her first full-length play, The Aliens. Her second play The Flood was produced in 2009 at La Mama and is now touring nationally.
Find out more about Finucane & Smith here.
Written by Jackie Smith
Directed by Laurence Strangio
Presented by Critical Stages and Finucane & Smith
10 and 11 August - HOBART
More info at theatreroyal.com.au
15 - 25 August - CANBERRA
Later dates can be found at criticalstages.com.au
The sheep farm is dilapidated. The farm house, dark and squalid, sits by the river, sheltering a mad old lady, and her isolated hard-drinking daughter. Memories are seeping through the floorboards. As the sun sets, the flood waters rise. The screen door bangs open in the rain and wind; Catherine has returned after 20 years. The past is here...
"Smith's handling of the gothic form is masterful …You have to see this. It's Australian theatre that speaks from the heart of the country."—MCV
"It's an Australian Gothic horror that defines the genre."—Australian Theatre
"Engrossing, heartbreaking, delicate and frightening."—Artshub