Local theatre goers make show a sell-out

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LOCAL theatre goers are quickly snapping up tickets to a local production, with producers having increased the number of performances to see the play run into a third week.

Producers Archipelago Productions and Blue Cow Theatre were pleased to extend the season of ‘The Bleeding Tree’, describing it as a “powerful, visceral and deeply exhilarating” theatre “unhesitatingly recommended” and saw it as a sign local audiences were coming out of hibernation, desperate to experience quality art.

Award-winning actress and co-producer Marta Dusseldorp said she expected the additional performances to be sold out quickly based on the sales of the first six shows.

“We have done very little marketing for this play, as tickets have sold strongly from day one and we are close to selling out in just two weeks,” she said.

“It fills us with such joy that we are able to contribute to the re-emergence of some cultural exchange, some live entertainment for our community here in Tasmania.

“Our creative team and fabulous cast are as wonderful as I have worked with anywhere in Australia and with boarders opening, we are encouraging people from interstate to come along.”

Glenorchy local Kartanya Maynard is playing the role of Ada and said she was really enjoying the experience as the youngest cast member.

“The cast and crew are incredible,” she said.

“I was so nervous when I first went into rehearsals, but everyone has been so welcoming and respectful – I feel like an equal among such amazing talent.

“Rehearsals are going really well, but I’m exhausted every day because I’m learning so much and I’m so immersed in the work.

“It’s quite intense, I’m really excited to talk to people after each performance to see what they think of the play.”

This will be the first of the Theatre Royal’s postponed 2020 season shows to be performed after being closed for six months due to COVID-19 and audiences are voting with their feet.

The Bleeding Tree, directed by Ben Winspear and produced by Ms Dussledorp and Mr Winspear’s Tasmanian-based company Archipelago Productions in association with Blue Cow Theatre, will be playing on the Main Stage at the Theatre Royal from Thursday 12 November for nine performances.

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