Now it comes blazing back with the boldest and most innovative production yet, this time at Fringe HQ. (formerly the Old 505 Theatre) in Eliza Street Newtown.
In a genuine coup for the production, director Les Solomon will be joined by the author of the play Campion Decent as co-director. One of Australia’s leading playwrights, Campion’s latest work, The Campaign (his story of homosexuality being made legal in Tasmania), has seen recent Sydney and Melbourne productions and Embers – which enjoyed a critically acclaimed season at the STC – is now studied as an HSC text.
THREE WINTERS GREEN follows eight people through three years of their lives. From school through to drag; from dreams on a coach through to reality in a city; from alcohol through to realisation, each character is on a journey quite separate and yet eventually interlinked by a crisis of – literally – epidemic proportions.
This modern Australian epic features a cast of seven terrific actors; Samson Alston (fresh from his great success in Fag Stag, The Credeaux Canvas and The Shape of Things) is both the dark and mysterious ‘Martin’ and the comic and confused ‘Mick’. The lynchpin of the entire story is Seb Thornton Walker as ‘Francis’, the loveable but controversial gay schoolboy who becomes a grand drag artist! Luke Arthur plays the likeable but quietly rebellious ‘Andrew’, while theatre veteran and co-star of the latter season of The Credeaux Canvas, Norah George is the petulant, alcoholic mother ‘Maxine’. Maddison Silva and Julia Muncs as ‘Jen’ and ‘Beck’ Samuel Welsh ( 91 Storey Treehouse) plays ‘Joseph’. This is an epic Aussie favourite that touches the 2021 post-Covid zeitgeist.
Director Les Solomon said one of the reasons he and Campion wanted to revisit the play had much to do with our current time of Covid adding new relevance.