A double bill written by the Bard of Brisbane Sven Swenson.
Heavenly Bodies; Set in Singapore in 1942 as the Japanese invasion is fast approaching, Aussie digger ‘Cutty’ is pressured into visiting a brothel despite missing his wife Ruby whom he loves deeply. It is here that he meets Laidie, a young transgender woman who wants nothing more than to find her place in the world. As the bombs continue to shell the city around them, this unlikely pair form a bond commonality far more intimate than most brothel encounters ever could.
Beautiful Souls; offers a glimpse into the final hours of convicted drug smugglers David, his mentally disabled brother Justin, and friend Bethany. As they sit in adjacent cells in a Thai prison awaiting their fast impending fate, the three must come to terms with their decisions and the consequences.
Directed by Sven Swenson and James Trigg
Designed by Raymond Milner
Lighting Design by Matt Milne
Sound Design by Ryan Mahony
Produced by Pentimento Productions
Matilda Award nominee - Best Design (Set and Costume)
(Beautiful Souls) “It is a stark and terrifying design that allows the audience to draw their focus to`the actors“
– Katy Cotter, XS Entertainment.
(Heavenly Bodies) “A work of such contemplative theme requires a beautiful backdrop and Ray Milner’s design in “Heavenly Bodies” certainly fits the bill. The detailed staging of a Singaporean bordello room circa its 1942 fall, is lush in fabric, furniture and ornamentation, abundantly alive against the reality of the rubble and air-raid sirens of its surrounds.”
- Meredith Walker , Blue Curtains Brisbane.