THE HEN HOUSE

IN DEVELOPMENT

BY JOSIPA DRAISMA & MARA KNEZEVIC

DIRECTOR ANTHEA WILLIAMS

MUSICAL DIRECTOR ZELJKO PAPIC

PRODUCED BY PYT FAIRFIELD

 

ABOUT 

It’s 1976. Howzat’s No.1 on the charts. Industries are booming and it’s the migrant women cashing in. Pavica, a young Croatian mother is dressed in her crisp white uniform, smiling proudly on the production line, elbows deep in chicken carcass, loving her new Australian life.

 

The Hen House is a new music theatre work weaving extraordinary, humorous, and tragic multi-lingual stories of female migrant factory workers from Western Sydney with distinctly live and loud original music nodding towards Australian pub-rock bands of the time.

 

A fierce, funny, and electrifying experience, The Hen House elevates diverse women’s voices as powerful and hugely significant to Australia’s social and economic history.
 

 

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

2021 – PYT Fairfield, 2 weeks (upcoming in November 2021)

2020 – PYT Fairfield, 2 weeks

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Co-Creators/ Performers        Josipa Draisma and Mara Knezevic
Director                                  Anthea Williams
Musical Director                     Zeljko Papic
Dramaturg                              Sime Knezevic

Producer                                PYT Fairfield

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES


Josipa Draisma is an award-winning interdisciplinary performing artist and cultural leader working across theatre, music, cabaret, and comedy. Her original work has been programmed across national comedy and arts festivals in Australia including Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Mara Knežević is a theatre-maker, performer, and singer-songwriter. She co-creates music under MARA DUKE and has released music on major platforms since 2015. She is an ongoing member of the female/non-binary collective All Girl Electronic based in Parramatta. Her credits include the Helpmann Award nominated dance-theatre work PLAYLIST (dir. Karen Therese, PYT Fairfield, 2017).

 

Anthea Williams is an award-winning theatre and film director and a Churchill Fellow. Anthea develops both theatre and screenplays and has worked in development at Causeway Films, Screen Australia, Belvoir, and London’s Bush Theatre. Anthea was awarded Best Director of a Mainstage Production at the Sydney theatre Awards 2017 for Hir. This production won several other awards including Best Mainstage Production.

 

 

ABOUT PYT FAIRFIELD

PYT has a reputation as a brave and transformative company who make urgent work that explores the critical issues of our times. We challenge the conventions of traditional theatre by creating innovative performance and social artistic experiences in theatre spaces and across diverse urban sites of Fairfield, Western Sydney and beyond, and with a key focus on cultural diversity. PYT has presented work across Australia including at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Arts House Melbourne, Adelaide Festival Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.  

 

 

THE HEN HOUSE PYT FAIRFIELD DEVELOPMENT_Photo by Anna Kucera
THE HEN HOUSE PYT FAIRFIELD DEVELOPMENT_Photo by Anna Kucera

THE HEN HOUSE PYT FAIRFIELD DEVELOPMENT_Photo by Anna Kucera
THE HEN HOUSE PYT FAIRFIELD DEVELOPMENT_Photo by Anna Kucera

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