Hearth 29 Scenes
“It looked so beautiful. It looked magical - snow, falling here, in January. But it wasn’t snow.”
It’s the 7th of February 2009 – forever known in Australia’s history as ‘Black Saturday.’ It’s also Tom Robinson’s 18th Birthday. Celebrations kick off at the family’s Kinglake home and nothing seems out of the ordinary. But tensions start to rise between Tom and his older brother Matthew, along with the temperature outside, and before the ice-cream cake has time to melt a deeply held family secret is revealed. But will bringing everything out in the open finally give the Robinsons the peace and acceptance they’ve constantly struggled for – or will it tear them further apart and make them question the very structure they’ve tried to uphold?
Brilliantly striking the balance between pathos and humour, Hearth immediately draws in audiences with its witty and lyrical dialogue, relatable characters and timely themes.
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Geoff Paine (TV’s Neighbours), Sonya Suares (Melbourne Talam, MTC), Martin Blum (Boy out of the country, Larrikin Productions), Carole Patullo (Button, La Mama) and Kurt Pimblett (Hir, Belvoir).
Urgent, heartfelt, at times hilarious, and achingly raw - this compelling new drama is guaranteed to not only be a thought-provoking night at the theatre, but also an extremely enjoyable one.
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS & STUDENTS:
- Educational Resources overview
- Script available for purchase here
- Free PDF download of Education Pack (Part A) for VCE Theatre Studies Unit 3 & 4
Part B of the Education Pack is currently being developed and will be available from May 23rd.
"Murphy’s writing crackles with dark wit and beauty"- Theatre People
Date & Times:Friday 10 June, 7.30pm - 9pmSaturday 11 June, 4pm - 5.30pmSaturday 11 June, 7.30pm - 9pmTickets:Running Time:85 minutes, no intervalWhere:Gasworks TheatreAges:Suitable for 16+Accessibility:Wheelchair AccessibleWarnings:Contains strobe lighting, loud noises, haze, some coarse language, references to violence, sexual references and trigger warning for references to the Australian bushfires.
Written by:Fleur MurphyDirection:Tom Royce-HamptonProduction:Fiona Stafford, Lighting Design: Clare SpringettCast:Geoff Paine, Sonya Suares, Kurt Pimblett, Carole Patullo, Martin BlumSet & Costume Design:Chantal MarksImage:Chris Tomkins