Declan Greene and Wake in Fright!
Griffin Theatre’s new Artistic Director Declan Greene, joins Stages to talk about his adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright!
Tightly buttoned young school teacher John Grant is well-read, but an outback misadventure strands
him – cashless and jobless – in the harsh and remote Aussie outpost of Bundanyabba. He makes
new ‘mates’ who are quick with a drink, but with every skol a dark violence lurches forward. Are these
blokes fair-dinkum, or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie mining town?
Fresh from a sold-out Melbourne Malthouse season, Greene ingeniously conjures the nightmarish
world of Wake in Fright in a one-person show performed by the always-evocative Zahra Newman.
Brilliantly textured by a sonic assault from art-electronica band, friendships, and inventive staging by
lighting and projection designer Verity Hampson, Wake in Fright is a gripping dive into the boozy
entanglements of one of Australia’s greatest horror tales.
Interview with Roderick Chambers and Trisha Starrs.
Produced by Regina Botros