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Synopsis

In a tiny derelict flat, a voracious mother, her repressed daughter and flamboyant poet son live in squalor, nourished only by competitive manoeuvring and nostalgic fantasies. You recognise this family. They have the same lost dreams and drowned sorrows …
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me·nag·er·ie | m e’naj erē

1. A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition
2. A strange or diverse collection

In a tiny derelict flat, a voracious mother, her repressed daughter and flamboyant poet son live in squalor, nourished only by competitive manoeuvring and nostalgic fantasies. You recognise this family. They have the same lost dreams and drowned sorrows as your neighbour, uncle, stepbrother. They are caged animals, wild at heart, with the American Dream – capitalism and hedonism – oozing through the seams of their imaginative worlds.

Menagerie is a new production based on the extraordinary life and work of one of the giants of the American stage, Tennessee Williams. DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE has built an exciting reputation for exploding the classics onto the contemporary stage with a unique sensibility and style. This award-winning company kicks off the inaugural NEON season with its most ambitious and potent work yet.

ABOUT DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE
‘Schlusser has demonstrated that he is one of the most exciting theatre directors working in Australia.’ – Theatre Notes

DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE is a group of artists that make works for theatre, opera, visual art and other media. Since its inception in 2007, the ensemble has created Life is a Dream, The Dollhouse,_ Poet#7_, Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore, and their forthcoming adaptation of The Master and Margarita.

Daniel Schlusser is the 2012 George Fairfax Memorial Fellow.

Cast & Crew

Jane Badler

Jane Badler

Cast

Kevin Hofbauer

Kevin Hofbauer

Cast

Zahra Newman

Zahra Newman

Cast

Josh Price

Josh Price

Cast

Edwina Wren

Edwina Wren

Cast

Dale Ferguson

Dale Ferguson

Design

Zoë Rouse

Zoë Rouse

Costume Design

Darrin Verhagen

Darrin Verhagen

Sound Design

Nicola Andrews

Nicola Andrews

Lighting Design

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Producer

Venues

Attendance Information

  • Recommended for 15 years and older
  • Contains adult themes, strong coarse language, partial nudity, atmospherics, strobe effect, simulated violence, use of firearms and scenes depicting sexual violence.