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The Bleeding Tree single work   drama   - 75 minutes
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Bleeding Tree
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'In an isolated farmhouse, outside a small country town – a woman and her daughters have just killed their abusive man of the house. Known throughout the district as a cur and a dog, the women set about disposing of his body. However their task becomes fraught when several of the local villagers choose to pay a visit and grow suspicious at their behaviour – will their act become exposed before they can dispose of the body? A lyrical exploration of family, violence and revenge against a backdrop of a brutal, rural Australian landscape.' (Play summary)

Production Details

  • Performed at the Griffin Theatre Company, SBW Stables Theatre, 31 July - 5 September 2015

    Director: Lee Lewis.

    Designer: Renée Mulder.

    Composer: Steve Toulmin.

    Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson.

    Stage Manager: Edwina Guinness.

    With Paula Arundell, Airlie Dodds, and Shari Sebbens.


    Performed (as a Griffin Theatre Production) at the Arts Centre Melbourne 15-19 May 2018.

    Director: Lee Lewis.

    Composer: Steve Toulmin.

    Designer: Renée Mulder.

    Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson.

    With Paula Arundell, Brenna Harding, and Sophie Ross.

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Works about this Work

The Bleeding Tree (Sydney Theatre Company) Ian Dickson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2017;

'Three women are staring into space. They are dazed, in shock, not yet believing that what has just happened has actually occurred. Beneath them is the body of a man, husband and father, whom they have just murdered. So begins the wild, darkly lyrical nightmare ride that is Australian playwright Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree, which won several 2016 Helpmann Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction.'  (Introduction)

Play Comes to the Defence of Victims Elissa Blake , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 August 2015; (p. 10-11)
Poetic 'Thrash Opera' Wins Griffin Award Elissa Blake , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 June 2014; (p. 31)
Poetic 'Thrash Opera' Wins Griffin Award Elissa Blake , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 June 2014; (p. 31)
Play Comes to the Defence of Victims Elissa Blake , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 August 2015; (p. 10-11)
The Bleeding Tree (Sydney Theatre Company) Ian Dickson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2017;

'Three women are staring into space. They are dazed, in shock, not yet believing that what has just happened has actually occurred. Beneath them is the body of a man, husband and father, whom they have just murdered. So begins the wild, darkly lyrical nightmare ride that is Australian playwright Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree, which won several 2016 Helpmann Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction.'  (Introduction)

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