Producer: 29 Scenes
Writer: Fleur Murphy
Directed By: Alice Darling

Boundaries blur as one woman navigates the delicate line between observation and intervention.

Synopsis

“a down-to-earth piece that deserves the widest possible audience” – Chris Boyd

In the quiet streets of an ordinary suburb, the fence between two neighbouring houses comes down. Where once there was a clear separation between you and the couple next door, now there’s only a dirt line and human decency keeping prying eyes out of each other’s backyards. Except you’ve noticed they have a new baby and that she keeps locking herself out. And then there are the sounds late at night that have become impossible not to hear. Should you say something, do something? But is it what you think it is? And is it really your place to get involved?

Shortlisted for the 2022 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, The Fence is a scintillating solo work about privacy, bravery, and testimony by acclaimed playwright Fleur Murphy. Performed by Louisa Mignone (Death of a Salesman, The Twelve), this gripping new play will lead you through the streets we know, shining light on the violence found in our own backyards.

Short Reviews

[Mignone] is a mighty prescence, and has an easy and impressive command over the material. Mignone does not miss a beat.
Arts Review
Fleur Murphy unflinchingly examines the threads of violence in our society with delicacy, insight, and humour.
Stage Whispers
The Fence is an exceptionally interesting piece of theatre; of writing, staging, and performance.
Arts Review

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 3
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 3 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.

Audio

As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.

Staging

As the show is being adapted for touring these will be confirmed.

Transport Notes

1x 1-tonne LWB and 1x standard vehicle.

The set cannot travel by plane.

Audience & Marketing Notes

– Subscribers and theatre lovers of contemporary, new Australian work that’s high quality, accessible and thought
provoking.
– Politically and socially engaged people.
– Women, mothers, adults working in health, education & justice sectors.
– Suburban and regional audiences.
– Audiences who enjoy works such as Fleabag, Iphigenia In Splott and Mother.

Selling Points

  • An extraordinary solo performance by prominent TV and theatre actor Louisa Mignone (Theatre: Death of a Salesman, Anna K. TV: The Twelve, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Wentworth).
  • This is outstanding drama for adult audiences looking for compelling storytelling. Urgent, heartfelt, and ultimately inspiring. It explores relevant themes in an accessible and entertaining way. Leaves audiences breathless. Additionally, this audience and critically acclaimed work was also listed Top 10 Shows of 2023 by My Melbourne Arts.
  • Acclaimed 2023 premiere production supported by Darebin Arts Speakeasy, with proven appeal and tourability (already confirmed tour venues for August 2024 at The Round in Nunawading and Riverlinks Westside in Mooroopna, with two more venues currently contracting).

Content Warning

This production contains references to and descriptions of domestic violence.

Details

Contact

Fiona

Stafford

0430822256

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust

Duration

85 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/03/2025

30/11/2025

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $9000

Weekly Sell Off: $0

Per Performance: $6000

Royalties: 14%
Apra Obligations: 2 songs: Push It - Salt-N-Pepa & Hot Potato - The Wiggles

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