The Season by Nathan Maynard is a warm and laugh-out-loud comedy about an Aboriginal family who come together each year for the traditional Mutton Bird harvest on Tasmania’s Dog Island.
Winner of three Helpmann awards, The Season opens in August as part of Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season.
The seven-member cast of some of the nation’s most distinguished Aboriginal actors includes Trevor Jamieson, who has previously performed at GPAC in Namatjira and Storm Boy.
The Season is a funny, charming and real portrait of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, presented by Tasmania Performs.
It is a time for the Duncan family to come together for “the season”, the annual harvesting of mutton-birds; to catch up, to reminisce and to look forward together.
But as with any family, tension is simmering just below the surface and can bubble over with both heartbreaking and hilarious results. Amid the threat of snakes and Pop’s explosive temper, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive.
The Season is big-hearted, accessible, upfront and honest, providing a fascinating glimpse into a little-known tradition. More importantly, it joyously celebrates a thriving culture that continues to grow and strengthen despite several centuries of colonisation.
Nathan Maynard has crafted a deadly funny portrait of a singular corner of our world. Directed by Isaac Drandic and featuring a stellar cast, this national tour of the original acclaimed production is raucous and rowdy celebration of tradition and the bonds that unite us.
The Season comes to Geelong for four performances in The Playhouse, August 9-11. Tickets are $62 or less, book at Box Office on 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au