Actors Centre Australia Co-Founder Returns to the Stage in Felix Nobis’ BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY
A fast and funny observation of regional life, family and progress, Felix Nobis’ award-winning play tells the story of troubled country boy Hunter, who returns home from the city after a mysterious seven-year absence to find a family and a community that while familiar, is oh so different. Mum’s in a home, the family property has been sold into a development, and his brother might have all the answers.
But is Hunter ready for the truth? In this moment of shifting economies, and loyalties, Hunter and Gordon are about to find that sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia can collide with unexpected consequences.
Written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Patterson, Boy Out of the Country is a bush ballad for contemporary Australia, where country towns come to terms with rapid social change, backyards are less important than extra bedrooms, and the places that were once so familiar can change before our eyes.
For Kouros, the role of Walker - a country cop trying to hold together a community he once knew with common sense, history, and a cold beer - reflects some of his own experience coming back to professional acting. “It’s both exciting and a little daunting to return to something you love after being a part of it from another perspective for so long. A bit like Walker, so much of the environment and the process is familiar, and yet so much has changed”.
After an early acting career that included work with Belvoir St Theatre, Nimrod Theatre Co and roles on television favourites A Country Practice , Home and Away and Mother and Son , Kouros went on to become one of the founders of Actors Centre Australia. As co-founder, Director and Chief Financial Officer he was responsible for ACA’s development plan, seeing it grow from 15 students to a full-time accredited course with an alumni of thousands that includes patron Hugh Jackman.
Directed by Erica Lovell, Boy Out of the Country also reunites the original cast including award-winning actor Tom Harwood ( Things Not to do After a Break Up ), Jason Glover ( Headlands , Van Diemen's Land ), Jeannie Gee ( Cat ona Hot Tin Roof ), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame ( Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child ).
Boy Out of the Country emerged from the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme and was awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. It was selected as the premiere work for the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival 2018.
Season Details: Boy Out of the Country
When: 9-25 May 2019, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm
Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Tickets : Adults $35-40, Concession $30, Preview $15