The Defence

by Chris Dunstan (After Strindberg)

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Ladies and Gentleman but mostly LADIEEEEES!!!
Line up because it’s playwright August Strindberg!
What a megababe! What a cock of the walk! What a man.
Though a protector of the patriarchy, Strindberg exclusively fell in love with women of ambition and independence.
His three marriages were explosive! And violent! And definitely not legal by contemporary ‘laws’!

The Defence was  first presented at Sydney’s crucible of experimental performance, PACT: Centre for Emerging Artists and then Wollongong’s Merrigong Theatre to critical acclaim and a growing number of Strindberg groupies.

The Defence is a gender-swapped re-imagining of Strindberg’s Nineteenth Century study (on himself) ‘The Defence of a Fool’ that dissolves into the rehearsal room of a modern theatre production where the gender dynamics are no less charged. Written by emerging, Sydney based director Chris Dunstan, The Defence is an ambitious play-within-a-play-based-on-an-essay and a thrust and parry to some of the undercurrents and personalities behind-the-scenes of contemporary Australian theatre, and as it turns out, everywhere.

Funny and satirical on the one hand. Sinister and provocative on the other. Experience Strindberg in all his glory and witness a theatrical legacy as potent today as it was 100 years ago. Did we make a phallus joke?

Warning:
nudity, adult themes, sex scenes

 14-28 JUN 2014, HYPRTXT FESTIVAL HUB

Playwright – Chris Dunstan with Matt Abotomey and Catherine McNamara
Director – Chris Dunstan
Performers – Brett Johnson, Catherine McNamara and Douglas Niebling
AV Design – Alex Perritt
Sound Design – Kirby Medway
Props Builder – Evelyn Meikle
Artistic Consultant – Christopher Ryan

REVIEWS

“Ultimately, The Defence is a strong work, matching the quality and integrity that has come to characterise the HYPRTXT festival. It is a piece with something to say – and what it says is important.”
– AussieTheatre

“FUNNY, UNFLINCHING… IF THE SYDNEY FRINGE IS A LUCKY DIP, THE DEFENCE IS THE $10,000 WINNING SCRATCHIE’
– CONCRETE PLAYGROUND

‘DISMISS IT AND THEN LET IT TURKEY SLAP YOU.’
– SHIT ON YOUR PLAY


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MKA Presentation
HYPRXT FESTIVAL
PREVIEWS 14+15June 2014
SEASON 17-21, 24-28 June 2014
HYPRTXT Festival Hub, Upstairs at Tuxedo Cat,
17 Wills St Melbourne 3000


The Defence was  first presented at Sydney’s crucible of experimental performance, PACT: Centre for Emerging Artists and then Wollongong’s Merrigong Theatre to critical acclaim and a growing number of Strindberg groupies.

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Premiere Season

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