Brave New Work – for Lovers of Theatre

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                         March 2016


Brave New Work
For Lovers of Theatre

April | August | November


Brave New Work, The Joan’s annual season of fresh and exciting Australian theatre, is back in 2016 and better than ever. The Joan’s programming team has curated a three work series made up of immersive and enthralling performances, including works dealing with adversity and survival, boundaries and risk, and the pursuit of knowledge.


Brave New Work gives audiences a chance to explore different performance approaches with a solid theatrical foundation, from issues-based theatre to image-soaked dance and cyber-punk gothic design.


The season opens on 23 April with They Saw a Thylacine, by Human Animal Exchange; a gutsy and absorbing story that shines a light on extinction and our own survival as two women conjure the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties – the thylacine (aka the Tasmanian Tiger).


Award-winning Australian director and choreographer Kate Champion, dance theatre company Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company join forces on 10 August for Never Did Me Any Harm. A riveting dissection of what it means to be a parent in Australia today, Never Did Me Any Harm uses dance, images and text to create an emotional, humorous and insightful work that will connect with all who were once children.


Finally, the season takes a turn in a gothic direction, with a re-imagining of Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s original story was finished in May 1817. A lot has changed. The Q has called in a digital artist and theatre maker Ryan McGoldrick to bring forth a vision of here and now. Clunky cybernetic structures, contemporary fear mongering and viral villains will be awoken, electrified and digitalized over a 3 – 5 November season to thrill in The Joan’s black box theatre, the Mullins Studio.


The Joan is proud to continue its commitment to making brilliant cutting-edge theatre an easy and accessible entertainment option for the people of Western Sydney and beyond (everyone is welcome!). The Brave New Work series features some of the lowest ticket prices on offer across the greater Sydney area, with single tickets just $35 or $30 concession, or a three-show subscription $84 or $72 concession. Students are well catered for with a special ticket price of $15 or $39 for a subscription.


With all performances lasting just one hour this is an excellent way to achieve a quality cultural fix with minimal effort. Audiences are also invited to join the creative team for a complimentary drink and snack after the show.


THEY SAW A THYLACINE by Human Animal Exchange

Q Theatre

23 April 8pm


NEVER DID ME ANY HARM by Force Majeure & Sydney Theatre Company

Q Theatre

10 August 12pm & 8pm



Mullins Studio

3 Nov 8pm, 4 Nov 12pm & 8pm, 5 Nov 8pm


Single Show Tickets– Standard $35 Concession $30

All Three Shows- Subscribe and save 20% – $84 / $72


*Student tickets can be booked by phone or at Box Office. Student identification must be shown at Box Office on collection.


To book call The Joan’s Box Office on 4723-7600 or online at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is located at 597 High Street, Penrith. Nearby parking and public transport is available.


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Krissie Scudds- Marketing Manager, PP&VA E:

P: 0412 331 604


Jacqui Bonner Marketing Mob: 0411 473 198


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