2015 - Timon of Athens
Timon is a generous, wealthy Athenian who lavishes girls on his friends and enjoys hosting magnificent feasts for his fellow citizens. Timon’s generosity makes him the centre of attention – which Timon loves – and his fellow citizens clamour to share in the bounty as they flock to him. But all good things must end and Timon’s generosity soon outstrips his wealth. Forced to borrow money to fund his lifestyle, his creditors soon demand that the debts are repaid. Timon’s belief that friends help when you fall on hard times is shattered when all his so-called friends ignore his pleas for help.
Fortune’s wheel turns. The once proud and popular Timon flees Athens, filled with bitterness by the way he has been treated. His only remaining resources are words that he impotently flings at the walls of a city that wallows in greed. Exiled in the forest, a string of his former acquaintances visit him – each has an agenda, some virtuous, and some not so much.
Luckily, Timon discovers a secret stash of gold, and with this he can turn his curses into action; revenge can be unleashed on the city of rotten morals. Timon finances a military campaign to physically assault the city and buys agents to turn the Athenians’ lust against themselves by spreading disease. The tragedy is complete. All that remains is for the people to reflect on how their sins have come home to roost.
The Life of Timon of Athens may be one of Shakespeare’s lesser known and infrequently performed plays yet it is, to my mind, one of his most accessible and contemporarily relevant. In the wake of the global financial crisis, credit crunch and the cult of celebrity, Shakespeare’s play is sometimes eerily prescient.
Timon is a complex character – seemingly blind to the vultures around him, his generosity is both a virtue and a fault. Is he driven by genuine philanthropy or pride? Why is he blind to his so-called friends’ true natures whilst others around him clearly see the wolves within their sheep’s clothing? And why do they not do more to save Timon from his ultimate fate? These are just some of the questions we ask as we watch this play.
I've enjoyed every minute of creating this production. The incredible energy and joy the cast brought to rehearsals, plus the hard work and commitment of the crew made this a great experience to be a part of. I hope you enjoyed this production as much as we were putting it together for you.
Director Brett Adam
Producer Sally Thorburn
Production Manager Bop Murdoch
Stage Manager Kat Turkilsen
Marketing Manager Victoria Barton-Chapple
Assitant Production Manager/Marketing Assistant Neal Barber
Set and Lighting Designer Alana Inglis
Set and Lighting Designer Ashleigh Jenner
2D Designer Kimberley Single
Costume Designer Alex Guillot
Costume Constructor Anna Stuart
Front of House Manager Audra Lord
Box Office Manager/Marketing Assistant Sarah Munn
Movement Director John Butterfield
Assistant Stage Manager Brynne Tasker-Poland
Lighting Co-Designer/Operator Neal Barber
Lighting Assistant Johnathon Churton
Make-up Artist Bridget Crotty
Timon Hayden Frost
Flavia Emma-Yvonne Simons
Apemantia Jean Sergent
Alcibiades Theo Taylor
Lucia Pasquale Orchard
Lucullus Simon Lind
Flaminia Jill Sirota
Servilia, Poet Iris Henderson
Sempronia Susannah Donovan
Caphis, Bandit 3, Prisoner, Greenpeace Bear James Forster
Athenian, Titus, Guard Aaron McIlroy
Lucilius Angus Dunn
Cupid, Messenger, Hortensia Georgia Latief
Isidore's Servant, Bandit 2, Girl Guide Harriet Lane-Tobin
Painter Jessica Booth
Jeweller, Senator 3 Harriet Dawson
Merchant, Philotia Sammy-Jo Murray
Ventidius, Timandrus Vincent Wong
Senator 1 Loren Casbolt
Senator 2 Hamish Boyle
Lucullus' Servant, Senator 4 Mahu Ramasubramanian
Phrynia, Backpacker Charlotte Pleasants
Lucilius' Girlfriend, Lucia's Servant Lola Valentine
Varro's Servant 1, Bandit 1, Beggar Charlotte Chadwick