Little does he know, Peter’s life is just about to take a different direction when Hope steps off the train. 

An Aboriginal worker from the stolen generation now finds himself living as a recluse in the middle of the desert. The issues from his work as a juvenile justice worker has impacted his life to the point where he has lost everything. He is battling his demons and believes he is of no value and wants to die alone drinking and trying to paint his Masterpiece. Little does he know, his life is just about to take a different direction when Hope steps off the train.

“The contrasting Masterpiece, while a thriller set in a remote location, is at the same time both lyrical and richly layered. Telling a story of Aboriginal trauma and resilience at a time of potential change, hope emerges with the realisation that the “masterpiece” is not a painting but rather the immediate image as it is reflected in a mirror.” 
– Vanessa Cartwright, South Sydney Herald, 2015  

Content warning: 

  • The use of words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts
  • Violence
  • Sexual themes
  • Domestic violence 
  • The use of Haze
  • Loud noises including clapping 

An Indigenous Trilogy – Act II: Masterpiece will also be livestreamed on November 18, Friday, 7:30pm. Livestream playback will be available for 48 hours.

Written by Glenn Shea

Directing Mentor: Glenn Shea

Assistant Director: Dr. Kirsty M Reilly

Performances by Glenn Shea, Syd Brisbane, Lucy Payne

Image by Crystal Itjuwalyi Napangarti Butcher 2021

Creative team: Glenn Shea, Tessa Spooner, Valentina Serebrennikova (Design), DE (Sound), Browyn Pringle (Lighting), Mia Reilly-Shea, Kristel Kickett, Lauren Thuys, Dr. Kirsty M Reilly (Intimacy Coach) and Lucy Payne (Trainee Intimacy Coach)

Mentees: Isabel Knight (directing) Brodie Murray (writing), Maxi Sam-Morris (lighting) and Ben Ridgeway (sound)

With rehearsal space support from Carlton Church of All Nations and Grace Acting Studios

Access Information:

Auslan Interpreted: Friday, Nov 18th, 7:30pm

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