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The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

10 Feb - 03 Mar

LA BOITE AND PLAYLAB PRESENT

 

THE DEAD DEVILS OF COCKLE CREEK
BY KATHRYN MARQUET

 

WORLD PREMIERE

McDonagh meets Tarantino in a biting new comedy about leading the charge for change.

Working out of a small shack in the isolated wilds of south-western Tasmania, George, an environmental scientist, is trying to save the world one Tassie Devil at a time. Since she was a small girl she has dreamt of halting the advance of climate change, but saving a species in the middle of nowhere will have to do, for now…

 

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The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is recommended for mature audiences 15+. It contains frequent coarse language, sexual references, simulated drug use, simulated violence, and bodily fluids.

 

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Sharing the cramped shack with George is Harris, a ranger with an annoying chicken nugget obsession, who has been charged with bringing a feral dog plague under control to help protect George’s work with the Devils. Across one night, when two unexpected visitors trigger a series of events, George is going to discover that ideology can only take you so far when sometimes the problem just needs a damned good beating.

A co-production between La Boite and Playlab, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is a dark comedy by Brisbane’s Kathryn Marquet (Pale Blue Dot).

“How on earth do we create change? And how do we bring others with us? Mass death is no laughing matter, but when things get dark I’d rather laugh than cry, and so I wrote The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek. I’m thrilled that Playlab is partnering with La Boite to bring this black comedy to life.” – Kathryn Marquet, Playwright

Cast & creatives

  • Director/ Dramaturg Ian Lawson
  • Designer Vilma Mattila
  • Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham
  • Sound Designer Wil Hughes
  • Cast John Batchelor, Julian Curtis, Kimie Tsukakoshi & Emily Weir

This play was developed through Playlab’s Beta Testing and Playwright-in-Residence programs

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Production Photos by Dylan Evans

13.02.18

Meet Kimie Tsukakoshi: Destinee Lee in The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

A bit about Kimie

Kimie Tsukakoshi is an actress, singer and dancer of Chinese and Japanese descent. In her past life, she worked as a corporate lawyer. However, after choosing to focus on her passion for the performing arts, she found herself in a very different kind of law – The Family Law, SBS and Matchbox Pictures’ hit comedy TV series, in the key recurring role of Heidi Thomson. She is currently filming season two of The Family Law.
Most recently Kimie wrapped filming kids series The Bureau Of Magical Things where Kimie plays the lead role Kyra, a regular teenage girl who acquires magical powers when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. Kyra discovers a secret world of magic exists all around her. When she uncovers a threat to both the magical and human worlds, she must try to unite fairies, elves and humans to save them all. Kimie also plays Ivy Chen, a recurring character on Secret City (Foxtel/Matchbox Pictures), and has appeared on Doctor Doctor (Channel Nine), H2O: Just Add Water and a number of commercials. On stage, Kimie recently performed at the Brisbane Festival the titular role in the world premiere of Hanako: Desire and Other Secret Weapons, a new work by Belloo Creative (the team behind the award-winning play Motherland).
Other onstage credits include: Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Underground Productions, Oscar Theatre Company), Kim in Miss Saigon (Savoyards, Ignatians), Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Brisbane Arts Theatre), Boy & Girl Cabaret at the Brisbane Powerhouse (Oscar Theatre Company), The Princess in The New Dead: Medea Material (La Boite Indie/Stella Electrika), Gabriella Montez in High School Musical (Harvest Rain), Amy in Real Women, a New Musical (QPAC Cabaret series), Victoria in Cats (Harvest Rain) and the ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Harvest Rain).  Kimie is represented by Benchmark Creative Management and is a proud member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

What are three interesting facts about yourself?

I’m a massive, massive fan of Stephen King.

My biggest dream in life is to have a dog. Very ambitious, I know.

I used to be a corporate lawyer.

What’s been the performance highlight of your career to date?

I recently finished five months of filming the lead role in The Bureau of Magical Things, a new series by Jonathan Shiff. I got to work with the most amazing cast and crew, made some incredible friends and even got to do a few stunts! I had the time of my life working on the show.

What is your history with La Boite?

I have loved La Boite shows for many years – I think the first show I saw at La Boite was The Wishing Well. Back in 2010 I performed with La Boite in their Indie series. The production was The New Dead: Medea Material, directed by Kat Henry. I played the Princess – I learned how to roller skate and pole dance for the show!

What other projects are you currently working on/have in the works for 2018?

I just finished five months of filming the lead role of Kyra on The Bureau of Magical Things, the newest series by Jonathan Shiff. It should be coming out later this year. We are about to film season three of The Family Law – I play the supporting character of Heidi Thomson on the show. I’m also currently writing a cabaret.

What’s your favourite line from the show?

“He was a full fecking chupa chup.”

What’s been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process to date?

Rehearsing the scene where there are… ah… copious amounts of bodily fluids.

What can audiences expect from the show?

Laughter at wildly inappropriate moments, probably, but also audiences can expect to be challenged and hopefully they will walk away from the show contemplating what they can do better in terms of the future of our planet.

Any advice for aspiring young artists/theatre-makers?

Keep playing, keep learning, be generous and find ways to stay passionate about the work.

29.01.18

Meet Julian Curtis: Harris Robb in The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

A bit about Julian

Julian graduated from NIDA in 2009 with a BA in Fine Arts (Acting). He has worked for many of Australia’s leading theatre companies including in Queensland Theatre Company’s 25 Down, Sydney Theatre Company’s Embers, Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s La Dispute, Shakespeare’s R&J for Riverside Theatres,  The Glass Menagerie for La Boite, Wuthering Heights for QPAC/Shake & Stir and True West for Brisbane Powerhouse, for which he won the Matilda Award for Best Supporting Male Actor 2016.

No stranger to television, Julian’s highlights include the recurring role of Finn on Dance Academy and the lead role of Connor in the Bryan Singer series Spooked for the U.S. Additional TV credits include:  East West 101, Rescue Special Ops, The Britishes, Legend of the Seeker, Adam Ruins Everything and Acting Out. 

In 2017, Julian played the title role in the film Poster Boy and a supporting lead in the US feature Wish Man chronicling the origins of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has acted many times for Screen Australia most notably in A Burning Thing and received funding as a writer for his film Power the Kid. His writing/acting was also honoured at the Just for Laughs Montreal festival in 2013. Other festival highlights include the Sydney Film Festival selection Dance Me to the End and Neon King which took top awards at the Byron Bay Film Festival in 2016.

In 2016 University of Queensland funded Julian to write his first full length play that was awarded further funding from Playwriting Australia in 2017.

What’s been the performance highlight of your career to date?

I did an unreleased buddy comedy with a huge international music artist that never got released. I had to masquerade as a serious journalist around the likes of Arianna Huffington, Bill Clinton and to a lesser extent Britney Spears. It was pretty wild.

What is your history with La Boite?

The Glass Menagerie with Kathryn Marquet

What other projects are you currently working on/have in the works for 2018?

Netflix and Chill

What’s your favourite line from the show?

“That’s not something one assumes when one steps into the bathroom to do a shit, is it?”

What’s been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process to date?

Me and Emily attempting to pick up John Batcherlor’s lifeless body.

What can audiences expect from the show?

Politically incorrect laughs – that we desperately need right now.

Any advice for aspiring young artists/theatre-makers?

Run away as fast as you can!

29.01.18

Meet John Batchelor: Mickey O’Toole in The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

A bit about John

One of Australia’s leading character actors, John is well-known to TV audiences, having played memorable roles in Underbelly: Razor, The Great Mint Swindle and Sea Patrol. His other TV credits include Mars 500, The Secret Daughter, Doctor Doctor, Brock, Stingers, All Saints, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Water Rats.

Best known for his role as Peeto in the AACTA award-winning feature film Red Dog, John’s other film credits include Inspector Gadget 2 (Disney), Man Thing (Marvel) and The Tenderhook. In short film, John received the Exposure Film Festival’s Accolade Comedy Actor Award for his role in Stephan Lance’s The Lotus Room, and Best Actor at the Queensland New Filmmakers’ Awards for Michael Badoreck’s The Oblong Box.

Also the recipient of two Matilda Awards, on stage John has performed as The Master in Jacques and his Master, Champ in Millfire, Macbeth in Macbeth, Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Lucky Eric in Bouncers and Fraser in Sweet Phoebe. His other theatre credits include Troilus & Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet (Bell), The Way of the World, She Stoops to Conquer and Festen (STC) and The Underpants (Company B). His greatest joy was performing Moliere with the roles of Sganerelle and Alceste in A Doctor in Spite of Himself and The Misanthrope respectively. John was also invited by the Queensland Theatre Company to perform in David Williamson’s world premiere of Managing Carmen, which he also performed in Perth with Black Swan Theatre Company. The production received rave reviews and John was nominated for yet another Matilda Award.

What are three interesting facts about yourself?

I died when I was 3

I moved to Brisbane when I was 6 from PNG

I have two beautiful kids

What’s been the performance highlight of your career to date?

Being in the ACTAA AWARD winning film Red Dog

What is your history with La Boite?

I did Mr Melancholy for LaBoite 20 years ago. I also did two independent shows, Bouncers & Sweet Phoebe.

What other projects are you currently working on/have in the works for 2018?

St Joan at STC in April

What’s your favourite line from the show?

“My brains are on the fecking  floor”

What’s been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process to date?

Ian’s (Director) process is great.

What can audiences expect from the show?

For it not to go the way they expect.

Any advice for aspiring young artists/theatre-makers?

Be yourself. First. Second. And lastly be yourself

29.01.18

Meet Emily Weir: Georgina Templeton in The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

A bit about Emily Weir

Emily Weir has just completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at the Queensland University of Technology. While there she received a Babette Stephens award for Best New Female Talent and was on the Dean Scholar’s High Performance list 3 years in a row. Theatre Credits Include: Multiple Roles in The Van Dee Mar Papers (Dir Alex Berlage, A Sorted Few Productions) Dorine in Tartuffe ( Dir Kate Cherry, Black Swan Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre ) The Laramie Project (Dir Andrea Moore, QUT) Irina Arkadine in The Seagull ( Dir Michael Futcher, QUT) Hamlet in Hamlet (Dir Mark Radvan, QUT) Bobchinsky in The Government Inspector ( Dir David Bell, QUT) Belize in Angels in America ( Dir Kate Cherry, QUT) Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir Diane Eden, QUT) Film Credits Include: Latte Love ( Dir Gareth Tilson, AFTRS), Hoges Telemovie (Dir Kevin Carlin, Channel 7 Network), Sleepover club ( Dir Arnie Custo, Southern Star, Nine Network, Nikelodeon),  After Hours (Director Maddy Humphries, KP Productions). Awards Include: 2016 Matilda Award winner for Billie Brown Best Emerging Artist, 2016 Matilda Award winner for Best Supporting Actress, People’s Choice Award for 48 hour film festival. Emily has been a proud member of MEAA since 2016.

What’s been the performance highlight of your career to date?

Playing Dorine in Tartuffea co production between Black Swan Theatre company and Queensland Theatre

What is your history with La Boite?

This is my debut as an actor at La Boite but I absolutely adored Kathryn Marquets Pale Blue Dot.

What’s your favourite line from the show?

“Blood on top of blood on top of fucking blood”

What’s been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process to date?

Meeting the wonderful cast and creatives who are fiercely intelligent, generous and talented.

What can audiences expect from the show?

An amazingly thought provoking, hilarious evening. That will have you belly laughing but also provokes you to think.

Any advice for aspiring young artists/theatre-makers?

Never lose your primal instincts when it comes to your artistry.

29.01.18

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek Trailer

Acclaimed actor/playwright Kathryn Marquet (Pale Blue Dot) makes her highly anticipated return to La Boite next month with a biting new dark comedy, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek.

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12.01.18

Dead Devils of Cockle Creek insights with Kathryn Marquet

14.11.17