Y O U A R E T H E B L O O D
by Ashley Rose Wellman
directed by Peter Blackburn
J U L Y 1 2 - 2 6
THE STABLES, MEAT MARKET
“What do you think is wrong with people like that? Like her? Writing to men in prison, heaping Ivan Milat or David Birnie or Ted Bundy with fan letters. Fan letters!”
Shelby Boden (Stanley) is a cynical stand-up comedian trying to survive in the shadow of her father (Blackman), a man who's done bad, bad things. When she discovers that her father is marrying Sylvia (Nicholas), an eccentric young performance artist that writes to criminals, morbid curiosity leads these two women to develop a strange, charged friendship. With the looming and dangerous presence of the bloodshed in their bloodline, the entire Boden family (Cerche, Powell) is left contending with damages that could be irreparable.
From the brilliant mind of Ashley Rose Wellman comes the Australian Premiere of her work, You Are the Blood, a finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the 2018 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Directed by Peter Blackburn (Best Director at LA Scene Awards for Ruben Guthrie, The Trial of Dorian Gray, Stupid F*cking Bird) and starring Andrew Blackman (Mortified, A Country Practice), Broadway World nominee Vivienne Powell (Shameless, Australian Theatre Company’s Ruben Guthrie), Green Room Award nominee Jem Nicholas (Doctor Blake Mysteries, Red Stitch’s Love, Love, Love), James Cerche (Bloom, Judy & Punch), and Jessica Stanley (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Theatre Works’ Ross & Rachel). This production will be brought to life at North Melbourne’s Meat Market through one of Australia’s most impressive young designers, Dann Barber (Barnum, 33 Variations, Angels in America). This morbid comedy lures you in with familiar, likeable characters, then shocks you with every dark twist it takes. A timely play that explores pop culture’s fascination with serial killers, family inheritance of sin, and the journey to forgiveness.
This will be the second production from Spinning Plates Co., following their critically acclaimed debut, Ross & Rachel, in 2018 at Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Please note Sunday shows will be commencing at 5pm. All other shows will be commencing at 7:30pm.
Directed by Peter Blackburn
Assistant Directed by Faran Martin
Produced by Justin Anderson
Performed by Andrew Blackman, James Cerche, Jem Nicholas, Vivienne Powell and Jessica Stanley
Set design by Dann Barber
Sound design by Justin Gardam
Lighting design by Lachlan McLean
Stage Managed by Beth Gallagher
Photography by Jack Dixon-Gunn
Graphic design by Ashley Tardy
CONTENT WARNING: This performance contains moderate coarse language and adult themes, including descriptions, but not depictions, of violent and gruesome acts, sometimes of a sexual nature. It is not suitable for persons under the age of 15.
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