Role: Set & Costume Designer
A play by Jack Hibberd
Directed by Iris Gaillard
Presented as part of the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) One Act Play Season 2014.
Venue – Performance Space 3, VCA, Melbourne.
A note from the Director:
After a long absence the Prodigal Son returns home. His parents can’t wait for him to leave again.
This cruel and comedic parody of the biblical parable journeys through one set of primal human relationships plagued by the shadows of the collective consciousness.
In The Prodigal Son, Jack Hibberd offers an absurdist play, structured with the rhythms of a drawing-room comedy, and populated by a monstrous archetypal trio. It’s a gift for a director in the number of possible genres to explore.
The repression mechanisms at play in this small family cell are grossly exposed. In their interactions, we see the monstrous figure of savagery tearing through the thin veil of civility. I wanted to explore these qualities in the actors’ bodies through a heightened physicality inspired by the Grotesque.