DEE & CORNELIUS & WILKS PRESENT RUNT By Susie Dee, Patricia Cornelius and Nicci Wilks
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Date: 24 Feburuary - 7 March
Time: Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm | Sunday 5pm
Buy / Ticket: https://fortyfivedownstairs.com/event/runt/
The idea sparked from Wilks’ idea for the title and an image she shared with Dee and Cornelius. They were immediately hooked. In a world that is dismissive at best and hostile at worst towards the underdog, the idea of the survival of the runt had great resonance.
“From the beginning, each of us bought many ideas, stories and images to build this work,” say Dee, Cornelius and Wilks. “We knew it would be a balance of text and the physical. We knew it would draw on the works we have shared in the past. And we knew we wanted it to be daring, far-reaching and fabulous.” Runt (Wilks) is a small undernourished woman who has endured enough of the misery of being the runt of the litter. She toughens up and attempts to take power, to lead the oppressed, to rise up and fight for equality, for decency and what’s right. She liberates sack after sack after sack of miserable runts. And she grows. She feels herself reaching eight foot or more. She gets a taste for what it means to be great. Trouble is, ‘greatness forgets runtness’.
RUNT is a collaboration that melds the experience and skills of each artist – the direction of Dee, the writing of Cornelius and the performance of Wilks. They are joined by a stellar creative team that includes composer Kelly Ryall, Lighting Designer Jenny Hector, Set and Costume Designer Romanie Harper and Choreographer Michelle Heaven.
“We’re tremendously proud of our long association with these three remarkable artists,” says fortyfivedownstairs Artistic Director Mary Lou Jelbart. “From Wilks’ unforgettable performances in The Long Pigs and SHIT, to Dee and Cornelius’ partnerships on Savages and LOVE, they are responsible for some of our greatest theatre memories and we’re sure RUNT will be no exception.”