The Bitterling

Swenson captures all the anxiety of that period of Brisbane's history perfectly and with his keen eye for character he draws three beautifully complex characters together in a story that twists and turns through two and a half hours of unforgettable and emotional theatre. - Nigel Munro-Wallis - 612 ABC

The Bitterling

With Louise Brehmer, Dash Kruck and Kaye Stevenson

Sometimes, going back is the only way forward... It is Australia Day Weekend 1974. Fifteen years after her disappearance, Rose Cutler surfaces from the violent floodwaters that threaten the home of her mother and son. For Ruby, who was left to raise her grandson alone, her daughter’s return is as astonishing as it is unforgivable. But for apocalyptic teen Kevin, his mother’s emergence with the flood is an unmistakeable sign that the world is about to end.

Reviews

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It’s a play impossible towalk away from – likeShakespeare, Swenson hitsus right where we live, so his situations resonate long after we leave the theatre.

Jay McKee– Stage Whispers

It’s utterly incredible andone of the best plays I’ve seen in years... The actors hit the mark with every line, the timing of the comedy and the tragedy is so perfect that it could only have been guided by the hand that wrote it... I really can’t say enough good things about this play.

Caitlin Gahan - Australian Stage

Sven Swenson (writer/director) has all the grist he needs to keep the audience spellbound...And spellbound we were... The audience left exhausted and emotional – loving every minute of this inspirationally constructed piece. Bravo!

Marika Bryant - Arts Hub

The Bitterling is the latest offering from the pen of Sven Swenson, one of Queensland’s most gifted playwrights. Rarely, if ever, have I seen a play from Swenson that did not move me in some way. He has a gift for language and for capturing the essence of truly Queensland stories... he draws three beautifully complex characters together in a story that twists and turns through two and a half hours of unforgettable and emotional theatre. Swenson proves yet again that he is a gifted story teller and a master of his medium... This is first rate theatre.

Nigel Munrow-Wallis - 612 ABC

AWARDS

The Bitterling awarded Best new Australian Work Matilda Awards

The Bitterling nominated for Best Independent Production - Matilda Awards

The Bitterling shortlisted for The Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.


CAST

Rose: Louise Brehmer

Kevin: Dash Kruck

Ruby: Kaye Stevenson


CREATIVES

Director: Sven Swenson

Production Designer: Tim Wallace

Lighting Designer: David Walters

Sound Designer: Phil Slade