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Three time Helpmann award-winner, including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor.
From the pen of Victorian playwright Angus Cerini comes The Bleeding Tree, an Australian murder ballad blown up for the stage, with three strong women fighting back.
Following its debut at Griffin Theatre Company and a sell-out season at Sydney Theatre Company, it has earned praise as “a great and complex production” (The Australian) and won three Helpmann Awards – including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor – as well as a 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
Set in rural Australia, in a dirt-dry town where you keep your head down, a mother and her daughters engage in act of thrilling revenge. The only issue now is disposing of the body. Powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original take on Australian gothic.
Starring Paula Arundell (Helpmann award-winner, Best Female Actor), Sophie Ross and Puberty Blues’ Brenna Harding.
Directing new Australian writing with Lee Lewis
Saturday 19 May
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
State Theatre rehearsal room
This is a unique opportunity for theatre directors with an interest and experience on directing new Australian plays to learn from the Helpmann award winning Theatre Director.
More information, click here.
Paula’s theatre credits include Mr Burns, Mother Courage, Angels in America Parts 1 & 2, Peter Pan, Death of a Salesman, Gethsemane, Scorched, The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom, Paul, Peribanez and The Three Penny Opera, directed by Benedict Andrews (Belvoir), where she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (2004); The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Malthouse Theatre); A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Disgraced, Suddenly Last Summer, Macbeth, Under Milk Wood, The Mirage, Honour, Blackbird, Love Lies Bleeding, Life is a Dream, The Three Sisters, The White Devil, Attempts on her Life, Love for Love and Julius Caesar (STC); Clybourne Park, Interactive World Theatre and Are you there? (Ensemble Theatre); Clark in Sarajevo, The Bleeding Tree, directed by Lee Lewis (Griffin Theatre), where she won the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play (2016) and Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2016); Oedipus Rex & Symphony of Psalms (Sydney Festival); Three Furies (Sydney and Auckland Festivals); Spiders from Mars (Australian Museum); Elegies for Punks, Angels and Raging Queens (Mardi Gras); The Torrens and Night Letters (STCSA); The Servant of two Masters, Hippolytus, Anthony and Cleopatra, Henry V, The Tempest and Much ado about Nothing (Bell Shakespeare); Company and Measure for Measure (MTC).
Paula’s film credits include Corey Pearson’s Harmony, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt starring Gerard Butler, Steve Jacobs’ Disgrace, Tony Martin’s Bad Eggs, Sample People and Diana & Me and she performed the title song vocal for Candy.
She has appeared in numerous TV series including Top of the Lake: China Girl, Hunters, The Time of our Lives, Me and my Monsters, Slide, Farscape, All Saints, Murder Call, Children’s Hospital, Water Rats, The Alice, Out of the Blue, Home and Away and Love my Way.
Paula received the Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Three Furies, Sydney Morning Herald Award for Best Actress for her performance in Anthony and Cleopatra, and for Henry V was awarded the Glugg Award for Best Up and Coming Actor and the Green Room Award for Best Female Actor in a Featured Role.
One of Australia’s most exciting young actors, Brenna Harding is best known for her role in the hit television series Puberty Blues alongside Australian acting veterans Claudia Karvan, Susie Porter and Dan Wyllie. For her role as ‘Sue Knight’ she was awarded the 2012 Logie for Most Popular New Female Talent. She was also nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent and the AACTA Award for Best Young Actor.
Brenna’s other television credits include Secret City, The Code (Series 2), My Place, Packed to the Rafters and A Place To Call Home. In 2017 she starred in Netflix’s Black Mirror, directed by Jodie Foster.
In 2015, Brenna played ‘Tilly’ in Jumpy, her first theatre credit, a co-production between the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. Since then she has co-founded all-female run Lume Productions with Mia Lethbridge and Diana Popovska. She produced and performed the role of ‘Betty’ for their inaugural production of The Gulf.
Brenna’s film credits include the short film Cockelshell, directed by Tony Ayres, which premiered at the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival as part of the feature film collaboration, The Turning which is based on the Tim Winton short story collection of the same name.
Brenna has spent five years working with youth run anti-homophobia organisation 'Wear it Purple' and in 2015 founded Sydney-based feminist group - Moonlight Feminists. In 2014 Brenna was awarded the Marie Bashir Peace Prize for her contribution to social justice. She is currently completing a double Bachelor of Communications and Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS.
Sophie is an actor, devisor and dramaturg. As an actor, she has appeared for Melbourne Theatre Company in What Rhymes with Cars & Girls, The Waiting Room, and Cock; for Malthouse Theatre in The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again; for Sydney Theatre Company in Disgraced, Gross und Klein, Before/After, Hamlet, Blood Wedding, Money Shots, Vs Macbeth, Oresteia, Comedy of Errors, Leviathan, Mysteries: Genesis, Romeo & Juliet, Waikiki Palace/Hip Hip Hooray, and Woman in Mind; for the Royal Court in Narrative; for B Sharp/Small Things in Ladybird; for Griffin Stablemates in Stoning Mary; and for Arena in The Sleepover. She has also appeared in the feature films Closed for Winter, The Jammed, Sucker, and Criminal; the television series’ Hunters, Casualty and All Saints; and the BBC radio drama The Ravens. Sophie is a proud member of Actors Equity.
Angus Cerini is a writer, performer and theatre maker. This work has toured locally and internationally.
His play Wretch won the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and toured throughout Australia, while his play and production of Save for Crying was awarded an RE ROSS Trust Award and received Melbourne Green Room Awards for Best New Writing and Best Independent Production. His solo show Resplendence was created for Melbourne Theatre Company's NEON Festival, and was awarded the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Drama. In 2015 The Bleeding Tree premiered with Griffin Theatre Company, after winning The Griffin Play Prize, and was part of Sydney Theatre Company's 2017 season. This play was also awarded a Helpmann Award, the NSW Premiers Literary Award and the AWGIE for Best Play (alongside the David Williamson Prize).
He has recently created work with the University of Wollongong and Arena Theatre and is under commission to Melbourne Theatre Company.