Paddock to plate for fresh Blue Cow produce

THE term ‘paddock to plate’ is often used in culinary circles, but it is also the catchcry for artist-led professional theatre company Blue Cow Theatre.

Blue Cow will this month premiere Tasmanian playwright Alison Mann’s work ‘Amy’s Tattoo’, which was developed through the company’s playwriting program The Cowshed.

“Our vision is to have Tasmanian audiences enjoy exceptional work that has been written and developed by Tasmanian artists and delivered around the state, and ‘Amy’s Tattoo’ is a fine example of this – it is literally from paddock to plate,” Blue Cow Theatre executive producer Lucinda Toynbee Wilson said.

“Alison commenced the work several years ago in The Cowshed and spent 2020 and 2021 as our writer in residence so she could complete the script and ensure Blue Cow could deliver a production of exceptional quality.”

‘Amy’s Tattoo’ is a gritty tale of attraction, love, friendship and family. It challenges social taboos, questions the paradox of nature and nurture, and is unafraid of the space between the dark places.

Lead character Amy is a talented local tattoo artist whose world is rocked by the entrance of John, a teenage champion swimmer conceived using one of her eggs, donated anonymously 20 years ago.

The play has received national recognition, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.

Alison said the genesis of the idea for ‘Amy’s Tattoo’ came from seeing advertising that offered people the chance to find out their ancestorial heritage.

“At the same time, I learned that most donor- conceived people had no legal right to have access to their records and find out their story,” she said.

“Tattoo is an ancient artform and the motivation to get one is always very personal.

“I’m interested in why people decide to change their body permanently, and the intimacy of a tattoo artist having the permission to make this change to them.”

‘Amy’s Tattoo’ is directed by Sarah Carradine, co-directed by Lucinda Toynbee Wilson, and features actors Lisa Gormley, Matt Newell, Jane Longhurst and Gabrielle Adkins.

It will be performed in Hobart’s Theatre Royal Studio Theatre from 21-24 September, and at Launceston’s Earl Arts Centre on 30 September and 1 October.

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