Vanessa Bates’ Trailer brings dark comedy to the Civic Playhouse

Trailer, which opens at the Civic Theatre Playhouse on June 8, is a dark comedy written by Newcastle’s very own NSW Premier’s Award-Winning Playwright Vanessa Bates.

Commissioned and Presented by Tantrum Youth Arts, Trailer centres on the story of Jed, who lives with his mothers, between a beach and the bush, on a train line with a city at either end. The play is set along the train tracks. It’s about love, family and clocking on at “the dream factory”. It’s been getting some rave reviews too.

“Bates has constructed this piece with swift, witty dialogue, strong competing motifs of loss and hope, and a calming and occasionally edgy sense of reflection. The kind of reflection that one feels riding a quiet train carriage in regional Australia…” – The Follower

Trailer was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Script Workshops 2015. The Workshop provides playwrights with one or two weeks of creative development, including time spent in conference with dramaturgs and directors, rehearsal time with actors and writing time.

The playwright, Vanessa Bates was a recipient of a residency at Cite Internationale des Arts- Paris and at Varuna in Katoomba. She is a graduate of NIDA Playwrights’ Studio and is one seventh of playwrights’ company 7-ON. Vanessa’s plays include: Every Second, The Magic Hour, Porn.Cake , Checklist for an Armed Robber, The Night We Lost Jenny, Match, Petunia Takes Tea, At Sea, Small Hard Things and Darling Oscar. She’s also written for the acclaimed SBS drama East West 101 and Rush.

Vanessa Bates : “I am quietly thrilled that my new play Trailer will be seen at the Civic Playhouse. In 2014 my play Checklist For An Armed Robber was staged there by Stooged Theatre directed by Chloe Perrett while my play The Magic Hour went on in the Civic Theatre. The Playhouse remains very close to my heart – I met my husband Christopher there 22 years ago when we both acted in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the now long gone Hunter Valley Theatre Company. Now, it’s Trailer’s turn, a brand new play, produced by dynamic youth arts company Tantrum and directed by brilliant Anna Kerrigan. The play is about a young man on the brink of adulthood who searches for his identity, and his father, on the train line  between Newcastle and Sydney. It came out of workshops run by Tantrum and Wyong Shire Council, 2 years ago, with young people on the Central Coast, and reflects much of their hopes, dreams and fears. Tantrum have done a beautiful job, the actors are fab, the sound and design and direction are gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see it onstage at the Civic Playhouse!”


Wednesday 8th June: 11am & 8pm
Thursday 9th June: 8pm
Friday 10th June: 8pm
Saturday 11th June: 8pm

Tickets are on sale now, via the Civc Theatre website.


Written by Newcastle Live

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