“Girls, I think your father’s dead. I knocked his knees out. I conked his head. I shot that house clown in the neck.”
Here at Witness HQ we’re very excited about our May Live Night. With the help of our wonderful Stage Partner Arts Centre Melbourne, who are providing discount tickets to Witness members, we’re offering the Melbourne premiere of Angus Cerini’s award-winning play The Bleeding Tree on May 17.
The idea of Live Nights is to see a show together, and then to chat afterwards over a drink in a informal but facilitated conversation: basically, Book Club for theatre. Our partners provide discount tickets that are available exclusively to Individual and Patron supporters of Witness.
There will be a lot to discuss with this one. The Bleeding Tree takes a hard look at domestic violence in a dirt-dry town in rural Australia. Those familiar with Cerini’s work will remember its brutal poetic and black humour, and its unflinching contemplation of harsh realities.
Triggered into motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is rude, rhythmical and irreverently funny. Its Sydney seasons at Griffin Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company won Angus Cerini the 2014 Griffin Award and the Best Play Helpmann awards, and this production also won Helpmann Awards for Best Direction and Best Female Actor. In short, The Bleeding Tree is a must see. So come and see it with us!
Don’t forget our April Live Night at Arts House. Bookings are open for Personal, Jodee Mundy’s exploration of the contradictions of living in a Deaf family in a society that views the family with voyeuristic curiosity.
Our full Live Night program for 2018 is here. To join in, become a Witness supporter. For $10 a month ($15 if you want to give us some extra support) you also gain access to our longform essays and special features, community forums and the Witness Interview podcast.
Details on how to book your discount tickets for The Bleeding Tree are in the Live Nights Forum. Please note that that the venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have further accessibility requirements please let us know, and we will accommodate them to the best of our ability.