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Bite The Hand

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Who are you being good for?

Sam and Dale love their dog Alice so much. When given the chance to give her the consciousness of a human – they jump at the opportunity.

Under the careful assessment of model owner Wes and his obedient pet Rex, Alice’s intelligence blossoms. But as Alice begins to understand her existence, her place in the world becomes all too apparent.

Written by award-winning writer Chris Isaacs (York, Flood, THE GREAT RIDOLPHI, FAG/STAG) and directed by Matt Edgerton (Black Brass, My Robot, Fully Sikh) with a star-studded cast including Alicia Osyka, Amy Mathews, Arielle Gray, Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Michael Abercromby, BITE THE HAND is an off the leash comedic rollercoaster of emancipation, love, dependency and suppression.

Under the direction of Matt Edgerton five incredibly talented performers, most of them playing multiple roles, deliver outstanding performances

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A howling success

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... with moments of insight and thoughtful observation on the big ideas of emancipation, power, family dynamics, and what it means to be animal or human in an increasingly complex world.

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Event details

  • Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes including interval
  • Content Warning: Contains coarse language, smoke or tobacco usage, haze, simulated violence and references to self-harm.
  • Age Recommendation: 15+

Price List

  • Earlybird$30
  • Standard Adult$40
  • Concession/ Under 30s$30

Event Venue

  • &mbsp;Ramp Access
  •  Audio Description

The Artists

Chris Isaacs

Writer

Chris Isaacs is a writer, devisor, performer, and founding core artist of The Last Great Hunt. As a playwright he has had his works performed nationally and internationally.

Credits include Bite The Hand, York (Co-written with Ian Michael for Black Swan State Theatre Company); the multiple award winning The Great Ridolphi (Blaz Award for New Writing Perth FRINGEWORLD); the multiple award-winning FAG/STAG (co-written with Jeffrey Jay Fowler); award winvning Old Love (Audience Development Award – The Blue Room Theatre); and award winning Flood (PAWA best new play), Bali (co-written with Jeffrey Jay Fowler), and The 1s, The 0s, and Everything In Between (RIPTIDE and ATYP).

As a co-devisor/performer Chris' work includes Lé Nør [The Rain] (Perth Festival) Stay With Us ; All That Glitters; Falling Through Clouds; and the award winning It’s Dark Outside (ArtsHub Innovation Award – 2013 and Helpmann-nominated) for The Last Great Hunt.

Outside of The Last Great Hunt, Chris is a resident artist for Black Swan State Theatre Company and a sessional tutor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Matthew Edgerton

Director

Matt Edgerton is an Australian theatre director, dramaturg and actor working with contemporary and classical texts across a range of forms, styles and scales, cross-cultural collaborations and projects promoting social development in communities.

Matt has directed shows for Black Swan, Barking Gecko, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir St Theatre, Monkey Baa, Performing Lines, Poetry In Action, Shaman Productions, Sport For Jove, The Last Great Hunt, and WAAPA, touring widely to major festivals in Australia and overseas, winning PAWA, AWGIE, Glug and Helpmann awards.

Positions include Artistic Director at Barking Gecko, Resident Artist at Bell Shakespeare and Head of New Work at Melbourne Theatre Company. Matt trained as an actor at WAAPA and is a Winston Churchill Fellow.

Amy Matthews

Performer

Amy graduated from ACA in 2000. Theatre credits- Water, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Coma Land Black Swan, Toast Maiden Voyage, The Anzac Project, Richard III Ensemble, Othello, Comedy of Errors, Tempest, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew Sport for Jove, Dangerous Lenses The Impending Room, Transparency Seymour Centre, Orange Flower Water Stella Green, Chicom Brand Spanking New, Push Up 1-3 Cipher Productions, The Lady’s Not For Touching Sydney Writer’s Festival, Tracked Prompt Theatre Co., Cigarettes and Chocolate See-Saw and Actors At Work Bell Shakespeare. Television credits- A Place to Call Home, Crownies, Rescue Special Ops, Packed to the Rafters, Home and Away, All Saints, Blue Heelers, Skool Sux, Love Bytes, Jeopardy, Always Greener and Head Start. Film credits- I Met A Girl Monsoon Pictures and Gabriel Redline Films. Awards- 2018 PAWA Award Best Actor in a Mainstage Production, 2017 Blue Room Award best performance, 2007 Logie Most Popular New Female Talent.

Arielle Gray

Performer

Arielle Gray is a performer, theatre-maker, director, puppeteer, voice-over artist, improviser and founding artist of The Last Great Hunt.

She has a passion for creating and performing in inventive, original and engaging theatre. Roles include – As Adaptor/performer: Cicada (Barking Gecko). As performer: Cloudstreet (Malthouse/Black Swan), Picnic At Hanging Rock (Malthouse/Black Swan): including at the Barbican Centre, London, My Robot (Barking Gecko) and Laika: A Staged Radio Play (Second Chance Theatre).

For The Last Great Hunt - As co-creator and Director: Whistleblower (Winner ‘Outstanding Direction of a Mainstage show’ Performing Arts WA Awards), Stay With Us. As co-creator/performer: Helpmann nominated Lé Nør [The Rain], Helpmann nominated New Owner, The Advisors, All That Glitters, Falling Through Clouds and Helpmann nominated It’s Dark Outside (ArtsHub critics’ choice ‘innovation’ award). As performer: Bite the Hand, Monroe & Associates, Perpetual Wake and Improvement Club.

Jeffrey Jay Fowler

Performer

Jeffrey Jay Fowler is a playwright, dramaturg, director and actor. He wrote and acted in award winning shows A History of Drinking and ELEPHENTS. He has performed in and co-created FAG/STAG (winner Scotsman Fringe First 2017), BALI, THE ADVISORS, PERPETUAL WAKE, ALL THAT GLITTERS and LÉ NØR [THE RAIN] with The Last Great Hunt, of which he is a founding artist.

His other plays include MINNIE AND MONA PLAY DEAD, PRICE TAG, THE ONE, Second Hands, Hope is the saddest, and IMPROVEMENT CLUB.

Among the shows he has directed are Girl Shut Your Mouth, Blithe Spirit, The Eisteddfod (winner 2017 PAWA Best Director and Best Mainstage Play), and In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play for Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Jeffrey Jay was Associate Director of Black Swan from 2014 to 2017, and then he was their Director of New Writing for 2018 and 19. His postgraduate studies were in directing at NIDA in 2010. In 2020 Jeffrey Jay was awarded the NT Literary Award for The Hypotheticals which he co-wrote with Sarah Reuben.

Michael Abercromby

Performer

Michael (BMus, BA, MFA) started his performance career as a musician, before pursuing his passion for acting. After graduating from the WAAPA acting course in 2013, Michael has written, directed, and acted in numerous independent theatre productions in Sydney and Perth. Upon returning to Perth in 2018, Michael has been involved in education as well as performing, working with John Curtin High School as a Guest Director, WAAPA as a sessional lecturer and director, story trainer for Centre for Stories and as a creative in the Creative Schools program. In 2021, Michael is continuing a tour of Theatre 180’s production of A Fortunate Life and looks forward to performing in BITE THE HAND with The Last Great Hunt after a successful 2020 Zoom development season.

 

Sam Chester

Movement Director

Ebony McGuire

Assistant Director

Bryan Woltjen

Set & Costume Designer

Rhiannon Petersen

Lighting Designer

Pavan Kumar Hari

Sound Designer & Composer

Pavan is a composer, performer, dancer and director who creates vibrant, dynamic, expressive and dramatic music for theatre, film, dance and the concert hall. He began to study dance and music in Perth at Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, the Indian School of Performing Arts. He then progressed to study Composition and Percussion at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he plays percussion and piano and has recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree (Honours).

Pavan’s compositions have featured in main stage dance and theatre productions in Perth. Most recently, Pavan won Best Composition or Arranging at the 2019 PAWA Awards for Fully Sikh, with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company.

 

Sophia Morgan

Stage Manager

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We are on the lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

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Sovereignty of these lands was never ceded.

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