Critical Stages

From Melbourne, VIC

THE FLOOD

by Jackie Smith

A Critical Stages and Finucane & Smith Production

Previous Season: 2009 La Mama Theatre, Melbourne
Genre: Drama
Duration: 75 minutes
Suits: Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust
Minimum Stage: 7m x 6m x 4m
Touring: 2012

From internationally acclaimed, multi award winning creators Finucane & Smith comes the  haunting and electrifying work hailed as “masterful… an Australian Gothic that defines the genre”.

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. Through the mesmerising friction between estranged sisters, fuelled by alcohol and uncertain memories of a long-dead father, three women are trapped with a past no one wants to remember.

Bristling with dark humour and edge-of-the-seat performances by three of our finest actresses, The Flood is startlingly authentic writing, plunging audiences into the lives of characters so real you feel you know them; a web of family intrigue against the haunting Australian outback.

“A dark and ingenious piece of Australian gothic” THE AGE

“Rare and compelling.” SUNDAY AGE

“The best new piece of theatre I have seen this year… See it. See it. See it.” AUS. THEATRE

“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

“Evocative, claustrophobic, and despite the dark themes often funny.” HERALD SUN

“Engrossing, heartbreaking, delicate and frightening.” ARTSHUB


Starring Shirley Cattunar, Maude Davey, Caroline Lee

Creative Producer Moira Finucane

Director Laurence Strangio

Designer Kathryn Sproul

Original Designers The Sisters Hayes

Lighting Designer Bronwyn Pringle

Sound Designer Natasha Anderson

 

The Flood will tour to 25 venues across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales,

Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

       

 

 

 

 

TOUR 

DATES

2012

 

6 July-

07 July 12

SOUTH MORANG

Plenty Ranges Arts Centre

10 July- 

14th  July 12

GEELONG

Geelong Performing Arts Centre

18 July-

18 July 12

PORTLAND

Portland Arts Centre

19 July-

 20 July 12

WARRNAMBOOL

Lighthouse Theatre

21 July-

21 July 12

COLAC

  Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre

25 July-

 25 July 12

HAMILTON

Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

31 July-

31 July 12

PARKDALE

Shirley Burke Theatre

2 August- 

2 August 12

SHEPPARTON

Eastbank Centre

4 August-

4 August 12

SALE

Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Ent. Centre

7 August-

7 August 12

MILDURA

Mildura Arts Centre Theatre

10 August-

11 August 12

HOBART

Theatre Royal

15 August-

25 August 12

CANBERRA

The Street Theatre - Street 2

28 August-

29 August 12

ALBURY

Hothouse Butter Factory Theatre

31 August-

31 August 12

WOY WOY

Laycock Street Theatre

4 Sept-

15 Sept12

BELROSE

Glen Street Theatre

18 Sept-

18 Sept 12

CESSNOCK

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre

20 Sept-

20 Sept 12

TAMWORTH

Capitol Theatre Tamworth

22 Sept-

22 Sept 12

COFFS HARBOUR

Jetty Memorial Theatre

26 Sept-

27 Sept 12

GOLD COAST

Arts Centre Gold Coast - The Arts Theatre

29 Sept-

29 Sept 12

TOOWOOMBA

Empire Theatre

2 Oct-

2 Oct 12

NAMBOUR

Nambour Civic Centre Hall

4 Oct-

4 Oct 12

MACKAY

Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

6 Oct-

6 Oct 12

TOWNSVILLE

Townsville Civic Theatre

11 Oct-

12 Oct 12

DARWIN

Darwin Entertainment Centre Studio Theatre