Having enjoyed a successful preview at the Pioneer Play Festival in 2018, Company of Rogues’ Boy Out of the Country – a fast, funny and smartly observant story about family, property, and the progress of life – returns for a premiere Sydney season at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre May 9-25.
In it, troubled country boy Hunter returns home from the city after a mysterious seven-year absence to find the family home swept up in a regional housing estate, his mother in aged care, and his brother Gordon in charge.
In this moment of shifting economies and loyalties Hunter goes in search of answers, but for he and Gordon sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia will collide with unexpected consequences.
Written by award-winning playwright Felix Nobis, Boy Out of the Country is a bush ballad for contemporary regional life, written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Patterson. Here, old Australia meets new Australia – a country cop comes to terms with rapid social change, a backyard is less important than an extra bedroom, and the places that were once so familiar can change before our eyes.
Directed by Erica Lovell, this newly-realised production features the original cast inclduing Tom Harwood (Things Not to do After a Break Up), Jason Glover (Van Dieman’s Land), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child). Joing the cast in the role of Walker will be celebrated actor and teacher Stan Kouros (Actors Centre Australia).
Lovell said “Having grown up in a small Australian town Boy Out of the Country resonates with my own experience of seeing regional places transformed, of going back to discover changes that are always striking.”
Boy Out of the Country emerged from the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme and was awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. It was selected as the premiere work for the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival in Castle Hill 2018.
What: Boy Out of the Country
When: 9-25 May 2019, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm
Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach