In 2004, for the first time in the Company’s history, audiences were presented with an entire season of new plays by resident Queensland writers – “our voices, our stories, our journeys”, as Mee described them.[i] The first production in The Roundhouse signalled this new direction. It was Nick Earl’s Zigzag Street adapted for the stage by Queensland playwright Philip Dean. An international best-seller as a novel, it was a ‘best-seller’ play for La Boite. Directed by Jean-Marc Russ, designed by Bill Haycock with lighting design by David Walters, Zigzag Street was a brilliant debut for the Company in its new home.
Zigzag Street was followed by three more La Boite commissions in 2004: The Mayne Inheritance by Errol O’Neill, James & Johnno by Margery Forde and Michael Forde, and Urban Dingoes by Norman Price. The final production for the year was Wicked Bodies by Angela Betzien, a co-production with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. By 2005 subscription numbers had increased by a healthy 20%, a great start for the Company in its new home.
Writer: Christine Comans
[i]2004 La Boite Season Brochure.