We look forward to seeing you at our final week at The Dog Theatre.
Thanks to all who have supported the season.
And to Andrew at Neadellus for his blog discussion and review of the work: http://neandellus.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/theater-the-cove/
Liza Power, The Age
ABC TV Sunday Arts Show
"Meanwhile, permit me a moment's indulgence. Over a particularly demanding weekend, I attended five of the eight Daniel Keene chamber plays now in repertory at the Dog Theatre in Footscray. I'm not reviewing this season, collectively called The Cove, but I believe it deserves attention. To be honest, I told Matt Scholten he was bonkers for trying to direct so many: these plays might look simple, but they are far from straightforward - in many ways, they are as unforgiving as Beckett - and they're very easy to get wrong. He and his team pull off a mighty feat, and give this work an elegant framing of enormous delicacy that shows off some remarkably powerful performances - especially Jan Friedl and Bruce Myles, who are as good as I've ever seen them, and Majid Shokor, who is simply astounding. It's a rare chance to see why those Europeans are so enthusiastic about Keene." Alison Croggon, Theatrenotes 21/07/09
Our friend Lok Tan has created some stunning music for the season and a special CD will be on sale at the shows that features him performing his musical response to all eight plays. Satie meets electronica...a great companion work for our season.
You can buy single tickets or a discounted season ticket to see all of the plays during the four week season.
A small number of tickets can also be purchased at the door but we strongly recommend you purchase or book in advance.
Check out all the dates and information on this blog.
We look forward to seeing you at The Cove
Be sure to watch ABC TV's Sunday Arts on July 19th to see an interview with Daniel Keene about his work and The Cove season.
Tickets will be on sale soon via easytix
On that date, you can listen to it online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/2009/03/000000_outlook.shtml
More on Majid's career can be found here:
More details on the play here.
And the STC's archive information here
You can buy the play here at Currency Press and read an extract here
If Theatre Presents
The Cove 8 Short Works by Daniel Keene
Directed by Matt Scholten
Featuring Harli Ammes, Danielle Carter, Jan Friedl, Matthew Molony, Bruce Myles and Majid Shokor Set Design by Kat Chan Costume Design by Katherine Branch Lighting Design by Lisa Mibus Sound Design & Composition by Loki Tan & Geoff Chan Stage Manager Rosie Collins
Producing Partner Peta Hanrahan/The Dog Theatre
Four world premieres and four revivals of the work of acclaimed and award-winning playwright Daniel Keene presented in a four week season at one of Melbourne’s newest theatre spaces.
Cafe Table, Somewhere in the Middle of The Night, A Death and The Morning After
Two Shanks, To Whom it May Concern, A Glass of Twilight and The First Train
The Dog Theatre 42A Albert Street Footscray
JULY 18 ALL PREMIERES from 2pm
JULY 19 ALL REVIVALS from 2pm
If you are interested in attending the opening weekend along with the creative team and playwright please e-mail your details: audience numbers are limited.
All other tickets visit: http://www.easytix.com.au/default.asp
WEEK 1 CAFÉ TABLE & TWO SHANKS July 22-26
WEEK 2 SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT & TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN July 29-August 2
WEEK 3 A DEATH & A GLASS OF TWILIGHT August 5-9
WEEK 4 THE MORNING AFTER & THE FIRST TRAIN August 12-16
Wednesdays 6:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 2:00pm matinees
No shows Mondays or Tuesdays
Café Table: Majid Shokor & Harli Ammes, Bruce Myles & Jan Friedl, Matthew Molony & Danielle Carter
Two Shanks: Majid Shokor
Somewhere in The Middle of the Night: Danielle Carter & Jan Friedl
To Whom it May Concern: Bruce Myles & Matthew Molony
A Death: Jan Friedl & Harli Ammes
A Glass of Twilight: Bruce Myles & Harli Ammes
The Morning After: Matthew Molony, Bruce Myles & Jan Friedl
The First Train: Majid Shokor
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Café Table: Three short duets set at a café table: Armir and Luzak are refugees debating their struggles for a "new life", Paul and Simone are lonely old friends meeting for the first time in years and Stell and Andrew, a divorced couple, meet to discuss the changes in both their lives and the lives of their two children. In three separate moments, secrets, desires and fears are revealed and the past's influence and events need to be put in perspective over the simple, social, everyday act of drinking coffee and sitting opposite a friend or foe. Performed by the whole ensemble: Harli Ammes, Danielle Carter, Jan Friedl, Matthew Molony, Bruce Myles and Majid Shokor
Two Shanks: A soliloquy in which a homeless man searching for food in a laneway bin finds a dead infant and decides to give the child the only funeral the man can afford. Performed by Majid Shokor
Somewhere in the Middle of the Night: Sylvie is patiently trying to take her mother, Agnes, home to live with her in the country: Agnes is trying desperately to hold on to her home, her memories and her mind. The time has come for the roles to be reversed, and neither mother nor daughter are quite prepared for what this means. Performed by Jan Friedl and Danielle Carter
To Whom It May Concern: A father, quickly and painfully dying of cancer searches for a way to get the world to take care of his child-like forty year old son. A play born out of silence and presenting the incredible lengths one will go to to protect the ones we love and care for. Performed by Bruce Myles and Matthew Molony
A Death: In a world where the food has disappeared and the birds have flown away, a mother and son wait in a kitchen for their long estranged daughter and sister whom they have been told by a stranger is coming home to save them. A heartbreaking, arresting work haunted by the ghost of Samuel Beckett. Performed by Jan Friedl and Harli Ammes.
A Glass of Twilight: Two very different men meet in a bar and form an unexpected physical and emotional relationship. A business transaction based on the physical quietly blossoms into an emotional gesture. Performed by Bruce Myles and Harli Ammes
The Morning After: A study of family roles and responsibilities and what it means to rely on someone emotionally and financially: no villains, no heroes just fathers and sons and husbands and wives living and breathing the same air. Performed by Bruce Myles, Jan Friedl and Matthew Molony
The First Train: A cobbler tells a story of childhood about a mother's sacrifice whilst tirelessly cleaning and repairing a mound of children's shows. Performed by Majid Shokor
Daniel’s new play, THE SERPENT’S TEETH, commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company, opened at The Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, in April 2008.
Three of his screenplays have been produced: SILENT PARTNER, TOM WHITE and EM 4 JAY. TOM WHITE won the Australian Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay in 2004.
Several of his plays have been produced on ABC Radio National, and in France on Radio France Culture, the most recent, SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT was broadcast in France on September 25, 2007.