Monday, December 14, 2015

MEEKA: Premières at fortyfivedownstairs | 3 -14 February

Meeka @fortyfivedownstairs | promo from Dan Walls on Vimeo.
MEEKA proudly presented by Hoy Polloy, Act-O-Matic 3000 and fortyfivedownstairs

“gripping to its end… a fascinating Australian true-crime story”
– Theatrepeople

“An exceptionally well-written and executed play.”

– Theatrepress

Read an interview in The Age with Meeka writer here.

One morning at a Western Australian school in the outback town of Meekatharra, an Education Department auditor’s head is smashed in with a hammer. The night before, the teachers hit the piss at a barbie.

Tensions rise. 

Why’s the auditor here? 

The missing money? 

To find out why the school was set on fire - twice? 
Or is something else going on? 
And what are we going to do about it?
In the days leading up to the fight, pressure builds. Principal McDonald’s unorthodox bookkeeping and managerial style is questioned. The two suspicious fires that struck the school over two weeks take on a new light. And why has an auditor flown in to appraise the school? Tensions rise amongst his isolated staff and loyalties are tested.

Country pragmatism versus city-based bureaucracy when the implications of McDonald’s leadership and the staffs' complicity come to a violent head in Meeka.

Bad behaviour isn’t confined to the school yard in Meeka.

A new play based on a true story. Book here!

Playwright: Dan Walls 
Director: Shaun Kingma 
Dramaturgy: Bridgette Burton

Featuring Keith Brockett, Christina Costigan, Liam Gillespie, Kelly Nash, Claire Pearson and Kevin Summers 
Sound Design and Composition: Craig Tracy

Lighting Design: Jason Bovaird
Lighting Operator: Lindon Blakey
Audio Operator: Mitch Street

Costumes: Cathy Kohlen

dates: 3-14 February 2016
preview: Wednesday 3 February 8pm $25
opening night: Thursday 4 February 8pm
timesTuesday to Saturday 8pm | Sunday 3pm

full: $38
concession (Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members): $33
groups 6+: $33

bookings: 03 9662 9966

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Welcome to Meeka


written by Dan Walls
dramaturgy by Bridgette Burton
directed by Wayne Pearn

read by: Kevin Summers, Brett Whittingham, Bridgette Burton, Christina Costigan, Heidi Valkenburg, Liam Gillespie
Tuesday 28 April @ 7.30pm
45 Flinders Lane free event!
bookings: 03 9662 9966

“I opened the door and there was red everywhere. On the desk, on the carpet. About half a metre away, was this hammer. F***ing red as.”

One morning at a remote Western Australian school in Meekatharra, an Education Department auditor’s head is bashed in with a hammer. The night before, a pack of teachers have a blinder at a barbie, tensions building about all that school equipment they’ve borrowed. Two weeks before that, the school caught fire. Twice.

In the years before any of this, Headmaster and Aussie larrikin John McDonald became an upstanding pillar of the community, one good deed at a time.

At the end of the day, a small town will be hit hard by a shocking act of violence no one will forget.

Bad behaviour isn’t confined to the school yard in Meeka.

Based on a true story.