Sunday, November 7, 2010


Mutation Theatre Presents


Based on the book by Shaun Tan

Directed by Sam Mackie and Patrick McCarthy

Performed by Shae Cottrell, Ayla Erdogan, Mel Gleeson, Lucinda Graff, Matilda Heggie, Alex Hipwell, Christy Hochegger, Mitch Holland, Bart Mangan, Abby McCarthy, Kieran McGrath, Elizabeth Moroney, Mikey Nedelko, Jackson Rouse, Lloyd Simmons, Jackson Thornton, James Troutbeck and Jess Zintschenko.
As part of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Winner- People's Choice Award: 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Winner- Theatre Works Award: 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mutation Theatre's production of The Arrival raised $3,286.55 for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne. Thank you to everyone who worked on and supported the show.

In the ruins of a circus tent, a troupe of actors gather to tell the story of an asylum seekers journey to a new country. Based on the multi-award winning picture book by Australian illustrator Shaun Tan, The Arrival is a new, large-scale theatrical work from acclaimed independent company Mutation Theatre.

The Arrival tells the story of a man who travels from his oppressive homeland, leaving his wife and child behind, to find a new life for them in a far away country. It is a captivating and heartfelt tale about the journey of an asylum seeker, and the challenges they face after arriving in a new country.

Directed by Sam Mackie and Patrick McCarthy, The Arrival will be presented as part of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival and performed in the atmospheric Shed 4 in Docklands. Featuring a cast of twenty, supported by four projection screens, haunting lighting and an eclectic soundtrack; this show will be a sensory feast for audiences. Performed in the round, the show features large scale projections of images from Tan’s book.

All proceeds from The Arrival will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, an amazing organisation that provides support to asylum seekers trying to reach Australia, in detention centres, and settling in the community.

"(The Arrival) had me wiping away tears...a moving and engaging piece of theatre"- Richard Watts (Smart Arts-3RRR, Man About Town)

"The show takes place in a gigantic metal warehouse, in which is erected a tent-like structure. 18 bowler-hatted young actors enact - first with carnivalesque excess, then with lyrical poignancy – Tan’s simple story of a man arriving in a strange country, having left his family behind. Tan's drawings are projected onto the ceiling of the tent, as a counterpoint to the performances on stage. The result is an ambitious work of physical theatre that is often completely enchanting...If this is the new generation of theatre makers, the future is looking good"- Alison Croggon (Theatre Notes/ The Australian)

Performance Details
22nd-26th September 2010
Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm

Shed 4
North Wharf Rd, Docklands
(Get train to Southern Cross, walk around other side of Etihad Stadium and walk out along the wharf on the left)

Tickets: Adult $20 Concession $15
All ticket sales donated to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne

Production Photo's