The Fury

10/05/2012 – 19/05/2012

Alice Dawes, Eric Gardiner, with devising from the cast

The Fury has been made through a collaborative process, which means it is in every way the creation of all the people involved. Last year, with a group of interested students, I started looking for a concept.  We were torn between the idea of doing a classic play, and devising a new work ourselves. In the end we wound up doing both. Afficionados of modern European theatre will recognize elements (and names) from Durrenmatt’s 1950s classic, The Visit, which we raided for it’s dramatic premise – a rich and powerful woman returns to her small home town with devastating effect – but we have grafted it onto a very different concept!


The text for our play, about an OH&S obsessed community, confronted by risk and danger in the form of a visiting rock ‘goddess’ and her entourage, has been largely generated through improvisations which we video-ed, transcribed and refined. Some of my favourite scenes are virtually verbatim from the original inspired performances. Other scenes have been developed out of improvisations and a few written from scratch by our dedicated writing team.


Another crucial element has been our collaboration with The Call Up. The band’s involvement has injected an element of energy and authenticity that we’ve had to rise to. Working with live music is always a blast and in this case – particularly so – as you will hear!


This has been an exhausting and risky project (appropriately, give the subject matter); we could easily have wound up with material that was dull or that we didn’t like, we could have run out of time (we nearly did), we could have lost patience with each other – many things could have gone wrong. However thanks to the energy, imagination and bravery of the student cast, student designers and crew, and to our brilliant set and lighting designer, Nicola Andrews, we made it through. I hope you agree with me that it was worth it!

Tom Gutteridge
Music director
Eric Gardiner
Teresa Blake
Nicola Andrews
Claire – Grace Cummings
Guitarist – Eric Woodward
Gimp/Panther – Shannon Loughnane
Groupie – Georgia Marett
Bodyguard 1 – Clancy Moore
Bodyguard 2 – Rohan Byrne
Alfred – Josiah Lulham
Alfred’s girlfriend – Hannah Warnaar
CEO – Yvette Turner
Security Officer – Bella Vadiveloo
OH&S Officer 1 – Lana Nguyen
OH&S Officer 2 – Jacob Rodrigo
Doctor – Jeremy Russo
Teacher – Dana McMillan
Artist – Camilla Best

The Band:

The Call Up (
Robert Villella – Bass/Guitar
Calum Field – Bass/Guitar/Keys
Eric Gardiner – Keys
Kane Potter – Drums
Nikos Shannon – Guitar/Bass/Keys
Director – Tom Gutteridge
Assistant Director – Dione Joseph
Writers – Alice Dawes, Eric Gardiner
International Dramaturg – Tilly Lunken
Set and LX Designer – Nicola Andrews
Costume Designer – Amy Dyke
Music and Sound Designer – Eric Gardiner
Make Up Designer – Hannah Navissi
Movement Choreographer – Teresa Blake
Production Manager – Gus Macdonald
Stage Manager – Hannah Denison
Assistant Stage Manager – Eden Elliot
Head Technician – Clynton Jones
Set Construction – Simon Smith
Bump-in Crew – Adam Grikepelis, Gene Hedley, Tristan Lawrence, Nick Liley
Lighting Operator – Corey Koeleman
Producer: Josephine Byrt
Promotion and Marketing: Erin Adams
Front of House Manager: Aleks Bliszczyk and Christa Jonathan
Photography: Vikk Shayen Wong
Rehearsal Photos: Alice Dawes
Graphic Design: Brenton Gaw and Christian McGilloway
Video Documentation: David Haidon