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New company bursts onto the Tassie art scene

A BRAND-NEW theatre and screen company has burst onto the Tasmanian arts scene.

The new company, Archipelago Productions, is spearheaded by directors, producers and performers Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear, who will rotate roles depending on the demands of the project.

The duo has won and continue to be nominated for various awards for their work and practice across the country.

They regularly collaborate on theatre works such as the highly successful ‘Victory’, ‘Gloria’ and ‘Scenes from a Marriage.’

The Bleeding Tree will be its fourth production in collaboration, and the first produced under the Archipelago Productions banner.

Mr Winspear said The Bleeding Tree was one of the most important theatre texts to come out of Australia in the past decade, winning numerous awards for its literary power, originality and ferocity of intent.

This includes the Griffin Award, The Helpmann Award, the David Williamson Award, the Premier’s Literary Award and an Australia Writers Guild Award.

“The play has enjoyed extended seasons and transfers from its original home at Griffin, moving to the Sydney Theatre Company main stage and touring to Melbourne, provoking and galvanising audiences across the country,” Mr Winspear said.

“A revenge drama, tapping the great anguish and rage surrounding the continued epidemic of violence against women, written in a brutal and hilariously grotesque style, The Bleeding Tree places responsibility for these crimes at our collective feet, and proposes a surreal but astonishing solution.

“Our intention is to bring quality productions of some of the best writing the country has to offer to Tasmanian audiences.”

Mr Winspear said the opening of the Hedberg Studio was an opportunity to redefine the way theatre was created and programmed in the state.

“We are firmly committed to supporting the Theatre Royal’s vision of more local works on local stages by partnering with them to present high quality work of great importance in the new venue,” he said.

“This is a chance to introduce an audience to a new space, a new company and new faces, and show that Hobart can be a connected and relevant place where the most vital work in the country can also be found and enjoyed year-round.”

Caption: New theatre and screen company Archipelago Productions will present its production of ‘The Bleeding Tree.’

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