BROKEN

By Mary Anne Butler

“This is exquisite writing. It’s immediate. It’s lean. It’s poetic. It’s visceral. It takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes.”
Andrew BovellPlaywright
Broken by Mary Anne Butler directed by Susie Dee

Production images by Jodie Hutchinson.
Promo image by Pier Carthew.

A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. A damaged woman, struggling to stay intact. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the Northern Territory’s desert country.

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the Northern Territory Literary Award for Best Script and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play merges three complex lives to explore the idea of isolation; of each other, of place, of circumstance.

Poetic, visceral and extremely moving, this haunting story of resilience and survival takes you into the heart of its characters and the Australian landscape, offering up a devastatingly fresh look at our national identity.

Wrestling with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate, it poses the question: When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?

Broken is supported by both the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Mary Anne Butler

Mary Anne Butler

Playwright
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Lyall Brooks

Performer
Marg Horwell

Marg Horwell

Designer
Cassandra Fumi

Cassandra Fumi

Stage/Prod. Manager
Susie Dee

Susie Dee

Director
Sophie Ross

Sophie Ross

Performer
Andy Turner

Andy Turner

Lighting Design
null

Adam Fawcett

Producer
Julian Dibley-Hall

Julian Dibley-Hall

Assistant Director
Naomi Rukavina

Naomi Rukavina

Performer
Ian Moorhead

Ian Moorhead

Composition & Sound Design

Date: 15-25 Nov 2018
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs – Melbourne VIC
Performances: 10

Synopsis

A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. A damaged woman, struggling to stay intact. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the Northern Territory’s desert country.

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the Northern Territory Literary Award for Best Script and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play merges three complex lives to explore the idea of isolation; of each other, of place, of circumstance.

Poetic, visceral and extremely moving, this haunting story of resilience and survival takes you into the heart of its characters and the Australian landscape, offering up a devastatingly fresh look at our national identity.

Wrestling with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate, it poses the question: When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?

Broken is supported by both the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Cast & Creatives
Mary Anne Butler

Mary Anne Butler

Playwright
null

Lyall Brooks

Performer
Marg Horwell

Marg Horwell

Designer
Cassandra Fumi

Cassandra Fumi

Stage/Prod. Manager
Susie Dee

Susie Dee

Director
Sophie Ross

Sophie Ross

Performer
Andy Turner

Andy Turner

Lighting Design
null

Adam Fawcett

Producer
Julian Dibley-Hall

Julian Dibley-Hall

Assistant Director
Naomi Rukavina

Naomi Rukavina

Performer
Ian Moorhead

Ian Moorhead

Composition & Sound Design
History

Date: 15-25 Nov 2018
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs – Melbourne VIC
Performances: 10

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