Jane Bodie's 'Water' opens at the Black Swan State Theatre Company
Congratulations to Jane Bodie whose new play Water opened at the Black Swan State Theatre Company last week. Water was Clare Watson’s first commission as Black Swan Artistic Director.
Water follows the journey of families born at different times in Australia’s history, who are united in their determination to create safe passage for their loved ones.
It begins in Western Australia in the not-too-distant future, where we meet with a once powerful politician about to celebrate his birthday at the family’s island home – a retreat from the world that has clearly seen better days. There’s no water in the taps, there are no birds in the sky and to top it off, an unexpected guest arrives for dinner. With party politics high on the agenda and questions about who is to blame for crimes against humanity, celebrations are derailed and tensions run high.
The Australian says Bodie’s skilful and richly worded script leavens the more polemical content and grounds the narrative in the most personal of stories. While Broadway World calls Water a compelling new Australian work…has the potential to become a landmark piece for the company.
Water is showing at Black Swan’s Studio Underground until May 26th, you can purchase tickets here.