Big Scary Animal

Live Arts & Hybrid Arts

Violence & Sons

In 2020, Big Scary Animal will host the Australian premiere of the Royal Court’s ‘Violence & Son’ by Gary Owen.

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The #Metoo era forced a social reckoning. While Owen’s play curiously predates the movement, it speaks powerfully to collective responsibility. This is uncomfortable but necessary terrain to tread and an aspect of the issue one could argue has been missing from the wider conversation. Gary Owen bravely and fiercely steps into this minefield with Violence & Son.
The play theorizes that systemically we have all had a hand in upholding and normalizing, consciously and/or unconsciously, this toxic gender power imbalance that has infested our culture. His play exposes the legacy of sexual violence that has corrupted us for generations.

In 2020, Big Scary Animal will host the Australian premiere of the Royal Court’s Violence & Son by Gary Owen.

The play follows Liam who is 17 and loves Doctor Who. After the death of his mother, he moves to Wales, to the Valleys, to the middle of nowhere, to live with a father he has never known… and whose nickname isn’t Violence for nothing.

Violence & Son bubbles with wry humor before descending into harrowing drama, emerging as a timely and unflinching examination of sexual dynamics and the legacy of violence. We have secured a sponsored partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse to present this outstanding work brought to you by an exciting mix of experienced and emerging local talent.

“Every teenager – and every recovering ex-teenager – should see [Violence & Son]” – Telegraph UK

We have been blown away by the generosity of the Brisbane community with offers of in-kind donations. This has included costly rehearsal room space and the performance space itself courtesy of: Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre.

Your tax deductible donation will be for essentials to ensuring Gary Owen’s vision: costume, set and crew wages. Also a healthy marketing budget to ensure another sell out production.

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Spearheaded by Julian Curtis and Zoe Houghton, NIDA graduates based in Brisbane with a combined 35+ years in the industry, BIG SCARY ANIMAL is an independent theatre company.

Debuting with ‘Savage in Limbo’ by John Patrick Shanley in 2019, we sold out the entirety of our two-week season prior to opening night. It was directed by Anatoly Frusin (Belvoir, NIDA), and featured the company members alongside two-time Matilda winner Melanie Zanetti (for ‘Pygmalian’, ‘The Little Dog Laughed’) and provided Brisbane theatre debuts for Marika Marrosszeky (‘The End’) & Marcus Oborn (USQ).

BSA next collaborated at LaBoite HWY on the new Australian work ‘Legacy’: directed and written by the company members and featuring two time Matilda winner Andrea Moore (for ‘The Crucible’, ‘Venus In Fur’) & Todd McDonald (LaBoite AD).

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