The Season

Nathan Maynard

Families are like seasons: you don’t get to pick them, and when they show up you best be ready.

Somewhere between mainland Australia and its southern-most mate Tassie lies Dog Island. For six weeks every year that’s where you’ll find the Duncans, a mob as funny as they are unforgettable.

They come back to roost for mutton-bird season, and have done for as long as anyone can remember. Amid the threat of snakes and Pop’s explosive temper, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive.

But their long memories and smart-arse streak mean it’s not just the birds sticking their beaks where they’re not welcome.

Old secrets are dug from their burrows and fledgling rivalries begin to take flight – it might all fall apart if it wasn’t for the fierce love that holds this bunch together.

Nathan Maynard has crafted a deadly funny portrait of a singular corner of our world. Directed by Isaac Drandic and featuring a stellar cast including Trevor Jamieson, Mathew Cooper and Lisa Maza, this national tour of the original acclaimed production is raucous and rowdy celebration of tradition and the bonds that unite us.


Nathan Maynard

Isaac Drandic

Tour Director
Nazaree Dickerson

Peter Matheson

Promotional Imagery
Simon Pynt

Set and Costume Designer
Richard Roberts

Original Lighting Design
Rachel Burke

Lighting Realisation
Simon Rush

Sound Designer
Ben Grant


Mathew Cooper, Nazaree Dickerson, Trevor Jamieson, Lisa Maza, Della Rae Morrison, Maitland Schnaars & James Slee

Production Manager
Peter Ashman

Stage Manager
Simon Rush

Head Mech/ASM
Matthew Hobson

Company Managers
Annette Downs & Lucinda Toynbee Wilson

Produced by

  • Tasmania Performs in association with Arts on Tour

Tasmania Performs is managed by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This work is produced by Tasmania Performs.

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Annette Downs Senior Producer
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Presentation History

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Full Presentation History for The Season

Alexander Theatre, Monash University
Melbourne, VIC
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
Hopgood Theatre
Noarlunga, SA
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Mt Gambier, SA
His Majesty's Theatre
Perth, WA
Orange Civic Theatre
Orange, NSW
Northern Festival Centre
Port Pirie, SA
Middleback Theatre
Whyalla, SA
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, ACT
Riverside Theatres
Parramatta, NSW
Seymour Centre
Sydney, NSW
Melbourne Festival at Malthouse Theatre
Melbourne, VIC
Ten Days, Theatre Royal
Hobart, TAS
Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House
Sydney, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc.; by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania. The Season was workshopped at the Tasmania Performs Residency and the Yellamundie Festival.

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