THE RIVER
AT THE END
OF THE ROAD

By Caleb Lewis
Produced by HotHouse Theatre
and Sport for Jove

    

Director: Damien Ryan  Writer: Caleb Lewis

        

          

Sport For Jove actors: Mark Lee, Amy Usherwood, Drew Livingston, Bronwyn Lim, Gabriel Fancourt, Stacey Duckworth & Greg Fryer

       

Production Designer: Anna Gardiner, Lighting Designer: Matt Cox, Sound Designer: Sean Van Doornum

9 – 17 March

9 – 17 March

Director
Damien Ryan

Assistant Director
Scott Witt

Designer
Anna Gardiner

Original Music by
Drew Livingston

Lighting Designer
Matt Cox

Sound Designer
Sean Van Doornum

Cast
Stacey Duckworth
Gabriel Fancourt
Gregory J Fryer
Mark Lee
Bronwyn Lim
Drew Livingston
Amy Usherwood

HotHouse Studio Ensemble

Kate Fruend, Emma Hooppell, Ethan Hutchinson, Rory Hutchinson, Thomas Keatings, Samantha Mackinnon, Sarah Maloney.

Studio Ensemble
Director
Anni Gifford

Anni (third from right) and our Studio Ensemble 2017/18

Viewing age recommendation:

Although The River at the End of the Road isn’t specifically a family production, it is a youthful, rollicking adventure that will generally be suitable for ages 12+. It’s important to note that the show deals frankly with the topics of death and loss. Parents and guardians should use their discretion as to the suitability of this for their family members.

Feel free to call us for a chat if you need more information.

Running time: 

Approximately 2 hours plus interval.

After almost two years of collaboration with acclaimed indoor/outdoor theatre company Sport for Jove, we are finally ready to present our epic new work, The River at the End of the Road.  It’s one of the biggest works we’ve ever produced, bringing together six actors from the professional company of Sport for Jove, led by iconic actor Mark Lee (Gallipoli, A Place to Call Home). Sport for Jove is joined by seven members of our 2016/17 Studio Ensemble.

The River at the End of the Road takes place on a river that on the one hand is very much like our own, and on the other hand … well, let’s just say there’s more than a bit of myth and magic bobbing in its currents …

Young Flo Shephard and her dad Ford live alone on the edge of the river, operating a rundown bait shop and ferry service.  Whilst Dad is kept busy ferrying visitors to the far shore of the river, Flo pines for her long-lost mother Lori and dreams of adventure beyond her sheltered world – little realising how close it lies.

When a golden opportunity to find her mother comes knocking, Flo decides to break all the rules, stealing her Dad’s ferry and launching herself on a journey she is not prepared for.  In the company of some truly unique characters, she takes a wild, fantasy-filled ride down the river, unwittingly creating chaos as she goes – as her desperate father searches for a way to bring her safely home.

The River at the End of the Road, is an epic, rollicking tale, with a heart as big as the Murray.  It merges natural and supernatural worlds to talk about love, family, loss – and finding the courage to let go.

Every Song has a Story …

The song, The River at the End of the Road, composed and performed by the brilliant Drew Livingston, captures key elements of the story and themes of our first production for 2018.

HotHouse began talking with Sport for Jove about a new large-scale work inspired by the Murray River way back in 2015.  The project was given the working title of The Long Float, referring to the local summer practice of using the rapid currents of The Murray to ‘float’ in a kayak or tube from Waterworks or Mungabareena Reserve to Noreuil Park in Albury.  We imagined even then that the show would make audiences feel as though they were joining us on an adventure-filled journey down this magnificent river.

During the first Sydney-based creative development with the cast in 2016, Drew started tinkering one night with a song which told the tale of a man (our main character Ford Shephard) ‘drifting from shore to shore’. The next morning, he sang the first two verses and chorus for the whole company in the rehearsal room. As soon as the chorus lyrics ‘the river at the end of the road’ rang out, we all looked at each other, and knew that we had our forever title for the show!

Drew will be playing the character of The Troubadour, and he’ll be writing more music for the show. He’s an awesome talent, and we hope you enjoy this soulful version of the show’s signature song, filmed at Waterworks by Helen Newman of Nomad Films. Better still, come along to the show and be swept away by the rollicking, moving, epic adventure that is The River at the End of the Road.

Hotspot Podcast: Caleb’s Journey

Artistic Director Lyn Wallis interviews Caleb Lewis, writer of The River at the End of the Road. They talk about his love of writing for communities, and his aspirations for this huge production!

About Sport for Jove

HotHouse is proud to partner with Sport for Jove,  Australia’s most prolific and exciting repertory theatre company. Sport for Jove is Resident Theatre Company for Sydney’s  Seymour Centre, and produces a major touring summer festival of outdoor Shakespeare annually, along with theatrical and education-based seasons of classical and new works in Sydney theatre venues. The company also provides an interactive Education program to NSW schools.

Sport for Jove and Artistic Director Damien Ryan have won multiple awards for their productions. An amazing run with Sydney Theatre Awards began in 2013 with a knockout production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and in 2017 the company won seven Sydney Theatre Awards in 2017 for its much acclaimed production of Antigone, starring Andrea Demetriades and stage veteran William Zappa.  Damien recently made his Sydney Theatre Company directorial debut with The Father, directing an outstanding cast led by Australian theatre legend, John Bell.

Over the past nine years, Sport For Jove has built a huge and loyal audience of theatregoers who are drawn to the company’s authentic voice, and its fresh, entertaining and intelligent takes on classic, re-invented and new Australian works.  Sport for Jove is the name on everyone’s lips in Sydney – we can’t wait to share the love with our Albury-Wodonga audiences!

Main Season Flexi Pack Prices

Subscribing by 22 December means you’ll not only get the best Early Bird package deals, you’ll also get first pick of limited tickets for EXTRA shows, that will sell out, and the opportunity to purchase tickets for opening nights – first in best dressed!

Flexi 10 – $320
Flexi 5 – $180 ($155 before 5pm 22 December 2017)
Flexi 4 – $148
Flexi 3 – $111 ($99 before 5pm 22 December 2017)

Subscriber Additional Tickets
$38 Full and $35 Concession

If you need help to decide on the best package just phone (02) 6021 7433 during business hours and we’ll happily talk you through the options.

Special Discounts

School Groups
Call us on 02 6021 7433 to find out more about affordable tickets for school students and their teachers.

Discounts
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