Sharp as a tack and blunt as a brick, The Season is a funny, charming and real portrait of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
The Duncans return to their shed on Bass Strait’s Dog Island for “the season”, the annual harvesting of mutton-birds. But this year, things are different. One generation is giving way to the next, the youngsters have their own way of doing things, and government regulation is making its presence felt, even on this remote patch of earth.
Amid the bird gurry and tiger snakes, Aunty Marlene’s roving eye and the threat of Pop blowing a pooper valve, the Duncans reconnect with country and culture. Hatchets are buried, secrets revealed, pranks pulled, deep connections made – and all within a family bursting with love and always up for a laugh.
Little known outside the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, “the birding” is an exuberant lively expression of culture, here lovingly evoked by playwright Nathan Maynard, a descendant of the chief of the Troowolway Clan of North East Tasmania.
Nathan knows those hot, cramped, feather-daubed work sheds first hand, and his hilarious plain-speaking play has the ring of absolute authenticity.
The Season features the exciting – but all too rare – combination of an Aboriginal writer, director and seven member cast of some of the nation’s most distinguished Aboriginal actors, including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River) and Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna Play House).
Together they deliver this disarming, funny story of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, its passion and pride.
Writer Nathan Maynard
Director Isaac Drandic
Dramaturg Peter Matheson
Set and Costumer Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer Rachel Burke
Sound Designer Ben Grant
Cast Tammy Anderson, Trevor Jamieson, Luke Carroll, Lisa Maza, Kelton Pell, James Slee, and Nazaree Dickerson
Promotional Imagery Simon Pynt
Approx 90 mins (no interval)