Hell's Canyon

by Emily Sheehan directed by Katie Cawthorne

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01-11 August 2018

old 505 theatre
sydney

12-23 September 2018

la mama theatre
melbourne

SOLD OUT

 

“It’s rare to see a first play written by a young writer that is so economically astute, so lyrical, so authentic and so magical as Hell’s Canyon”

- Joanna Murray Smith, DAILY REVIEW

 
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ABOUT THE SHOW

“Sometimes there are things you can’t forget about, even when you try. They just pop into your brain outta nowhere. Walking home, or in line at the canteen, or when we were making out before. It smacks you right in the face. Right outta nowhere. I don’t know what’s so wrong about remembering.” 
– Hell’s Canyon

Caitlin and Oscar used to be mates, but not anymore. These days Caitlin texts boys to meet her in public parks while
Oscar eats his lunch in the teache's staffroom. Today is different though. The unlikely pair share a haunting memory, so
they make a pact to run. To completely disappear. Go full on missing.

Winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award and shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, and developed through Playwriting Australia's National Play Festival, Hell’s Canyon is story of friendship, grief, and teenage rebellion.

Cast and creatives

Written by - Emily Sheehan
Directed by - Katie Cawthorne
Cast - Isabelle Ford and Conor Leach
Design - Tyler Ray Hawkins
Sound Design - Kimmo Vennonen
Stage Manager and Operator - Laura Barnes
Promotional photography - Ellen Stanistreet
Production photography - James John & Jack Dixon-Gunn

special thanks to

Playwriting Australia
Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation
Arts ACT

AWARDS

WINNER Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award
WINNER Melbourne Fringe Market Ready Award
SHORTLIST Patrick White Playwrights Award

 
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“Hell’s Canyon has smart writing, vivid characters and a profound engagement with the complexities of being alive, things like love, grief and mortality.”

- Alison Croggon, WITNESS PERFORMANCE

“Hell’s Canyon by Emily Sheehan is an intriguing representation of our youth, particularly memorable for the authenticity of its dialogue. Speech patterns, as well as the psychology that it showcases, bear an admirable sense of accuracy,”

- SUZY GOES SEE

“This is a sharp and appealing play”

Jason Blake, AUDREY JOURNAL

“Sheehan creates a vivid and authentic world in the lives of these teens, so it comes as no surprise that her writing has already won and been shortlisted for several awards. Hell’s Canyon gives us real characters who, though with different individual approaches, both move and inspire.”

- THE BUZZ FROM SYDNEY

 

rehearsal shots

Featuring Isabelle Ford and Conor Leach. Photography by Jack Dixon-Gunn.