Get in on the act with theatre group's The Eisteddfod

DARK HUMOUR: THAT Production Company will perform The Eisteddfod in Ipswich.
DARK HUMOUR: THAT Production Company will perform The Eisteddfod in Ipswich. Leanne Vincent Photography

IPSWICH'S own independent theatre group, THAT Production Company, is set to stage its fourth and final show for this year, the Australian contemporary classic The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz.

The show will run from tonight until Saturday, November 30, at Studio 188 in Brisbane St.

The small company, run by artistic director Timothy Wynn and creative producer Cassandra Ramsay, started the year with one of the Ipswich Festival's biggest ticketed events, the Australian premiere of Ruined by Lynn Nottage, with an all-African cast and the blessing of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

THAT Production Company also took part in the Anywhere Theatre Festival with the sell-out show Thursday's Child, which Ramsay wrote and Wynn directed.

In early September they performed to more than 500 school children as a part of the StoryArts Festival Ipswich 2013 with The Tuckshop Kid, their own adaptation of the book of the same name by renowned children's author Pat Flynn.

Supported by the Ipswich Teacher's Librarian Network and Ipswich City Council's Regional Arts and Development Fund, the pair also went to Sydney for a creative development with one of Australia's leading children's theatre groups, Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

With three shows under their belt at Studio 188 alone (Ruined, The Tuckshop Kid and 2012's The Fastest Clock in the Universe), the pair is excited to bring their crew back and return to Ipswich's premier performance venue.

The Eisteddfod, a dark comedy, presents audiences with the opportunity to go through a maze of unsettling suburban absurdism, straight from the mind of award-winning Australian playwright Lally Latz.

The play follows quirky and agoraphobic siblings Abalone (played by USQ graduate Toby Martin) and Gerture (Aimee Dittmer, last seen in Envelope as a part of Metro Arts Season of Independents).

The work will be directed by Wynn and will feature original music from quirk-rock psycho-pop cabaret Ipswich-based duo Shoot! The Piano Player, who have performed at the Ipswich Festival, Brisbane Festival's Spiegeltent, Brisbane Powerhouse and The Zoo among others.



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