Irene Mitchell Studio
St Martins Youth Arts Centre
28 St Martins Lane
South Yarra Victoria
Patalog Theatre presents Tusk Tusk by Polly Stenham
Shhhhh… Be still! There’s a man upstairs… When I stop the music, the first person to move has to leave the room. Those are the rules as they stand.
It’s a ghost story without a ghost. In a bare bones London town house, three siblings, haunted by the sudden disappearance of their mother, wait desperately for her call. Ellie, a ‘metro-sexual warrior’, makes up the rules; an outlaw, ‘king of all wild things’ draws on the walls; while Mother Maggie climbs them… They count hours, minutes, seconds and sheep as they try desperately, to fall asleep.
Few playwrights who have arrived on British stages in the last ten years have provoked more fascination or excitement than Polly Stenham. She is a writer for a world in search of authenticity. Intuitive, raw and often terrifying, Stenham wrote this exquisite play with children at the centre of it, when she was merely an adolescent herself.
Patalog Theatre warmly welcomes Ruby Rees, our first female director. Returning to Melbourne from New York, she was the obvious candidate to direct the company’s first work written by a female playwright. Rees and Patalog Theatre are deeply excited to present the Melbourne debut of Stenham’s spine-chilling play.
Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper, Stan; The Cry, ABC)
Ben Walter (Mr Burns, LightningJarTheatre, dir. John Kachoyan; The Pillowman; Patalog Theatre)
Lucy Ansell (The Crucible, dir. Adena Jacobs, VCA 2018 Graduate)
Jayne Louise O’Connell (Pride, dir. Daniel King)
Glenn Van Oosterom (Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears, Every Cloud Productions)
Sol Feldman (Book of Exodus, Fraught Outfit dir. Adena Jacobs)
Liam Smith (Melancholia, Malthouse Theatre dir. Matthew Lutton)
Presenter of TUSK TUSK.
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