Felix Nobis' Celebrated Bush Melodrama to Premiere at the new Pioneer Theatre Sydney November 24

Published by: Pioneer Play Festival | 1-Nov-2018
A fast, funny and darkly observant look at family, property, and the progress of life, Felix Nobis' Boy Out of the Country will have its Sydney premiere at the new Pioneer Theatre on November 24 as part of the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival.
Venue: Pioneer Theatre
Address: 14 Pennant Street, Castle Hill, NSW, 2154
Date: 11/24/2018
Time: 1pm and 7pm
Ticket: $20 - $35
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There's more to land than real-estate. There's more to life than DNA

A fast, funny and darkly observant look at family, property, and the progress of life, Felix Nobis' Boy Out of the Country will have its Sydney premiere at the new Pioneer Theatre on November 24.

A family property is suddenly zoned as part of a regional housing estate to accommodate an ever-increasing urban sprawl.

At this moment of shifting economies, and loyalties, Hunter returns from a seven-year absence. Finding his boyhood house boarded up and his mother in aged care, Hunter goes in search of answers. And he starts with his brother Gordon.

Presented as the premiere work at the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival by theatre makers Company of Rogues, Nobis' Boy' is a bush ballad for contemporary life, written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Patterson.

Here, old Australia meets new Australia. A country cop comes to terms with rapid social change, a backyard is less important than extra bedrooms, and technology has the potential to unearth old family secrets. For Hunter and Gordon, sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia collide with unexpected consequences.

The debut work for Director Erica Lovell, co-directed by Goldele Rayment, this new production features a stellar cast including Brendan Miles (A Place to Call Home), Tom Harwood (Things Not to do After a Break Up), Andrew Guy (Still Point Turning, STC), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child).

Lovell said "Having grown up in a small Australian town Boy Out of the Country resonates with my own experience of seeing regional places transformed, of going back to discover changes that are always striking. That, combined with my own love of literature and poetry made me feel as though this was the right story to tell as my directorial debut".

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.

What: Boy Out of the Country
When: 1pm and 7pm, 24th November 2018
Where: Pioneer Theatre, Cnr Castle and Pennant Streets, Castle Hill
Tickets: Adults $35, Concession $25, Groups $20
Bookings: via the festival website at www.pioneerplayfestival.com


Presented by Sydney theatre-makers Company of Rogues, the Pioneer Play Festival is a celebration of Australian theatre-craft and performance in the heart of The Hills, curated by Artistic Director Goldele Rayment. Part of The Hills Shire Council's launch of the new Pioneer Theatre in Castle Hill, the festival is an exciting new program of performances, workshops and activities for all ages. The festival will include the launch of Australia's newest playwriting competition, the Pioneer Play Award, to be presented on Friday 23rd November.


Felix is an actor, poet, playwright and academic. As an actor he worked extensively on screen and stage including time with STC, Belvoir ST and Redstitch. He was a playwright in residence with Q Theatre and a member of Sydney Theatre Company's Fresh Ink and Melbourne Theatre Company's Affiliate Writer's programs. He is currently a lecturer with the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University. His works Beowulf and Once Upon a Bartsool have toured to the UK, Europe and USA, and enjoyed seasons at La Mama Theatre Melbourne. His most recent work Boy Out of the Country was included in the VCE Schools Syllabus in 2016, and has toured to Regional Victoria.

"A play infused with the vitality of Aussie idiom and melodrama, that crackles with understatement and wit."
Cameron Woodhead, The Age

"Touching, funny, raw, bittersweet, the play is at once uniquely Australian and thematically universal"
Australian Book Review

"Mr Nobis's writing is a particular kind of brilliant"¦ Nobis's command of vernacular verse' is faultless"
Stage Whispers

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