The Bleeding Tree

Producer: Critical Stages Touring and Ian Michael
Writer: Angus Cerini
Directed By: Ian Michael

An exhilarating and fierce revenge fairy tale, reinterpreted by Australia’s next generation of First Nations theatre makers.


In an isolated town in Australia, a mother and her two daughters greet the man of the house with a crack on the shins and a shot in the neck. But what do they do with him after taking payback into their own hands?

In this revisioning of Angus Cerini’s award winning The Bleeding Tree, a cast of First Nations women tell the story of a mother and her daughters who are thrown into an unspeakable situation in this powerful and heartbreaking murder ballad.

Making a celebrated directorial debut, The Bleeding Tree in the hands of Ian Michael (Noongar) and creatives Chloe Ogilvie (Yamatji Nhanda), Rachael Dease and Tyler Hill, is an exceptional piece of Australian theatre.

Featuring Karla Hart (Noongar), Ebony McGuire (Noongar) and Abbie-Lee Lewis (Kalkadoon), this production, touring in 2024, will see audiences bear witness to these three women as they tell their haunting and irreverently funny story.

2022 Performing Arts WA Awards

  • Winner – Best Independent Production
  • Winner – Outstanding Direction of an Independent Production
  • Winner – Best Sound Design
  • Winner – Outstanding Ensemble

2021 Blue Room Awards

  • Award for Direction – lan Michael
  • Members Choice Award
  • Award for Ensemble or Individual Performance – Members Choice Award
  • Award for Overall Design
  • Judges Award – Rachael Dease for Outstanding Sound Design

Short Reviews

★★★★ a journey that is visceral, demanding and has lasting effect... It’s harrowing, yet full of heart, and it’s definitely worth watching.
Arts Hub
The production is faultless… This is no ordinary story, and it’s told in an extraordinary way.
See Saw Mag
This story will have you drawn in and transfixed... The Bleeding Tree will make you uncomfortable, it will move you and make you feel. We highly recommend.
Weekend Notes

Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No


Critical Stages Touring will design a generic lighting rig specifically for touring, incorporating generic fixtures. All fixtures must be pre-rigged, flashed and coloured prior to company arrival. Critical Stages may tour with additional equipment.

DMX will need to be provided and ready for the arrival of company equipment.

Presenter to supply: TBC

Producer supplies:

  • 1 x ETC Ion or equivalent



  • Standard L & R, SUB PA
  • Audience surround L & R
  • Rear Surround L & R required

Sound – Control & Mics:

  • 1 x Digital mixing console (minimum 8 input channels, 8 buses) – accessible by the operator during the show
  • 1x Audio interface for Q Lab

2 x talkback communication:

  1. Production stage manager (positioned bio box)
  2. Sound operator (positioned in the house)

Producer supplies:

  • 1 x laptop with Qlab to operate sound with audio interface
  • 1 x Motu sound card


Minimum Stage Dimensions:

  • Min. stage width: 4m
  • Min. stage depth: 4m
  • Min. stage height: 5m
  • Min. wing space: n/a

Set design is all raw pine lattice with a pine and ply structure. 4800 L x 3000mm Wx 3000m H including 600mm H rostra cladded with black automotive carpet fascias so the set appears floating in space and the raised lattice stage floor has a 400m cantilever DS.

Crew Notes

Please see the Tech Specs document linked to on this page for full crewing requirements.

Full lighting pre-rig including patch, flash and colour required and full audio pre-rig required prior to company arrival in venue. Assist with rig of company equipment as needed. Assist with lighting check, focus and plot during the bump in as well as sound check and plot. Staging crew to assist with any alterations to masking as needed. All crew will need to assist with the unload and loading of the van.

Transport Notes

The production travels in 1 x 3 tonne truck. Access to loading dock appropriate to the size of the van is necessary.

Audience & Marketing Notes

The Bleeding Tree is ideal subscriber fair that will delight lovers of intense drama and psychological thrillers, who will be gripped by exceptionally strong performances.

The production is a magnet for audiences seeking to experience the work of an all-Indigneous creative team, and the perspective they bring to a contemporary Australian work.

An excellent production for venues seeking to engage new audiences in contemporary drama.

Selling Points

  • This is an excellent work to engage audiences seeking to experience, and connect with, First Nations perspectives of contemporary Australia.
  • Multi-Award-winning production that has transcended the independent stage with it’s potential to engage audiences everywhere.
  • 2024 will mark one decade since the work was first staged at Griffin Theatre - this is a timely, sensitive, and passionate retelling of a future classic.

Community Engagement

  • Workshops and masterclasses are available - talk to us if you’d like to package these with your presentation.
  • Q & A’s post show on issues raised by the performance will be valuable opportunities to engage your community in discussing timely topics. We recommend inviting representatives from local groups to speak / participate / attend.
  • Opportunity to connect and engage with local First Nations organisations and community groups.
  • Community Care: an A5 flyer will be produced to assist with community care and outreach. A foyer activation is planned to support the production that will also house this information

Content Warning

High levels of coarse language, simulated gunshots, and references to domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault and animal cruelty.




Venue Format

Theatre (Proscenium), Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box, Studio


60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $42,000

Weekly Sell Off: $15,500

Per Performance: $0

Royalties: 15%
Apra Obligations: Producer to secure necessary licences.

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