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.


Writer Nathan Maynard
Director Isaac Drandic
Dramaturg Peter Matheson
Set and Costumer Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer Rachel Burke
Sound Designer Ben Grant
Cast  Luke Carroll, Nazaree Dickerson, Trevor Jamieson, Lisa Maza, Della Rae Morrison, Maitland Schnaars & James Slee
Promotional Imagery Simon Pynt
Tour Producer Tasmania Performs in association with Arts on Tour

Approx 90 mins (no interval)



2 -4 August | Alexander Theatre, Monash University  VIC
9 – 11 AugustGeelong Performing Arts Centre ,VIC
14 August Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga SA
18 AugustSir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier SA
23 – 25 AugustHis Majesty’s Theatre, Perth WA
1 SeptOrange Civic Theatre NSW
5 SeptNorthern Festival Centre, Port Pirie SA
8 Sept Middleback Theatre, Whyalla SA
13 – 15 SeptCanberra Theatre Centre ACT
20 -22 Sept Riverside Theatre, Parramatta NSW
25 – 29 SeptSeymour Centre, Sydney NSW


Annette Downs | Senior Producer
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12 - 15 Oct | Melbourne Festival at Malthouse Theatre
16 - 19 Mar | Ten Days, Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
10 - 15 Jan | Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House