The Season

2–4 August
Alexander Theatre, Monash University
Melbourne, VIC

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 Luke Carroll, Trevor Jamieson 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
  • 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

Produced by
  • Tasmania Performs in association with Arts on Tour

Tasmania Performs is managed by Performing Lines

Current dates & tickets

2–4 August
Alexander Theatre, Monash University
Melbourne, VIC
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9–11 August
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
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14 August 2018
Hopgood Theatre
Noarlunga, SA
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18 August 2018
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Mt Gambier, SA
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24–25 August
His Majesty's Theatre
Perth, WA
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1 September 2018
Orange Civic Theatre
Orange, NSW
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5 September 2018
Northern Festival Centre
Port Pirie, SA
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8 September 2018
Middleback Theatre
Whyalla, SA
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13–15 September
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, ACT
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20–22 September
Riverside Theatres
Parramatta, NSW
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25–29 September
Seymour Centre
Sydney, NSW
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Information for Presenters

This work is produced by Tasmania Performs.

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Annette Downs Senior Producer
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Presentation History

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.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.