presents Australian premiere
by Beth Steel
3-13 April 2019
7.30pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, 2pm & 7.30pm Sat
$40 full | $35 concession | $30 preview & cheap Wed
Running time 120 minutes including interval
Shortlisted for the John Whiting Award
"The play grips...Steel’s grim vision of the future is both detailed and compelling“ - THE TELEGRAPH
Britain, the near future. The ocean has flooded the country, pushing the population into cities. Pollution has warped the environment, the ground is relentless and produces no crop. The government has become a fascist regime, banning women’s reproductive rights and sending all its men to fight in pointless wars against countries they haven’t heard of. On a remote security outpost in the Peak District stands the last semblance of humanity – Two young lovers connecting for the first time, two soldiers who dream of running away and two old souls trying to find some peace in their shattered lives.
Ditch is the ravaged earth of Mad Max, the dictatorship of 1984, but with a burst of humanity trying to make sense of their world. Award winning playwright Beth Steel paints a bleak, unforgiving future – but within Ditch shines light, hope and the dream that maybe the world can start again.
Beth Steel's first play DITCH premiered at the High Tide Festival in 2010 before transferring to the Old Vic Tunnels for a six week run. DITCH was shortlisted for the John Whiting Award. She was awarded the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014.
Director KIM HARDWICK
Producer ANGUS EVANS Production Manager/Assoc Producer MARTIN QUINN
Set/Costume Designer SIDNEY TULAU
Assistant Director/Stage Manager HANNAH TONKS
Lighting Designer MEHRAN MORTEZAEI Sound Designer STEPH KELLY
Composer EDWARD HAMPTON Dialect Coach GAVIN LEAHY
Dream Plane Productions is a company run by Angus Evans and Martin Quinn dedicated to bringing vibrant worlds to life on both the stage and screen. They're interested in current, visceral works and crafting a world for the audience to lose themselves in; they're bringing back to life the dreams you had as a kid.