Set and Costume Design
Directed by Emily McLean | Written by Jane Bodie | Lighting Design by Lucy Birkinshaw |
Sound Design/Composition by Clint Bracknell
Black Swan Swan State Theatre Company | STCWA | 2019
“In the second half the show designer Fiona Bruce’s clever set transforms into an entirely new location. Panels flip, props rotate, things are turned upside down and within minutes the stage is the arrivals hall at Ellis Island in 1921”. Out in Perth. 12 May 2019.
“With some clever, economical scene changes, Fiona Bruce’s well-crafted, minimalist wooden set becomes a Nedlands family’s modern holiday home, a detention facility, and modest 1900s farmhouse over the course of three acts”. Scenestr. 14 May 2019.
“…the space is intelligently utilised.” The Conversation. 15 May 2019.
Photography by Daniel J Grant
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEWHERE TO GO, WHEN YOU ARE FREE.
Water follows the journey of families born at different times in Australia’s history, who are united in their determination to create safe passage for their loved ones.
It begins in Western Australia in the not-too-distant future, where we meet with a once powerful politician about to celebrate his birthday at the family’s island home – a retreat from the world that has clearly seen better days. There’s no water in the taps, there are no birds in the sky and to top it off, an unexpected guest arrives for dinner. With party politics high on the agenda and questions about who is to blame for crimes against humanity, celebrations are derailed and tensions run high.