The Mesh

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WORLD PREMIERE

15 October – 8 November

Written by Elise Hearst & Directed by Paige Rattray

In a first time collaboration, Red Stitch Actors Theatre team with Arthur to bring you the world premiere of The Mesh. A place of absurd and cruel dilemmas, The Mesh is unusual and familiar all at once.

Wolf and Clara, Max and Lottie: these guys know how to throw a costume party. Clara is a butterfly and a singer, Lottie a witch. Max is a king amongst men, and Wolf, well, a bit of a wolf. Refugees with no homeland to return to, they ‘party’ in an effort to band together, maintain hope, and save their faltering sanity. Caught in a cruel limbo between past and present and striving to find their place in a new land, they fall under the increasingly sinister surveillance of The Suits as they attempt to gain safety and security.

The Mesh is a haunting and timely allegory filled with dancing, original songs and a rich musical score.

The Mesh is inspired by the story of Elise Hearst’s grandparents, Austrian Jews who fled Europe after the German occupation, daringly escaping and making the long journey to begin a new life in Melbourne. St Kilda-based Hearst is one of the most interesting young playwriting voices in Australian theatre, whose previous work includes The Sea Project (Griffin Theatre) and Dirtyland (The New Theatre).

Directed by Paige Rattray, co-founder of Arthur and previous Resident Director at Griffin Theatre, the cast features Red Stitch ensemble Ella Caldwell, Rosie Lockhart and Olga Makeeva, with guests Tom Dent, Kevin Kiernan-Molloy and Nick Masters.

Led by Rattray and producer Belinda Kelly, Arthur makes both text-based and devised new Australian work exploring contemporary Australian identity, myth and magic in a variety of venues including theatres, churchyards, cabaret venues, and under their mini-big top.

Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda
(03) 9533 8083 or www.redstitch.net
$20.00 -$39.00

 

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