Malthouse Theatre Presents: Wake in Fright, under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian Gothic horror is felt in the flesh.
IF YOU’RE A GOOD BLOKE, YOU’LL BE ALL RIGHT. RIGHT?
John Grant is well-read, but an outback misadventure strands him—cashless and jobless—in a harsh and remote Aussie outpost, Bundanyabba.
So, he makes new ‘mates’: they’re quick with a drink, but with every scull a dark violence lurches forward. Are these blokes fair dinkum, or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie town?
On the Beckett Theatre stage, the entire world of Wake in Fright is conjured by the always-evocative Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) accompanied by a sonic assault from art-electronica band, friendships. Bring sunscreen, buy a beer and wear your ear plugs.
Pierce the Yabba’s ocker veneer, and be prepared for an explosive brutality pent up inside.