RUFF – ‘Out there, wild wild world’

RUFF – New works in process is your opportunity to get up close and intimate with our theatre-making process.

Come behind the scenes to the artistic coal face and explore the architecture of what it is to build a new Australian work, meet the creatives and share your thoughts.

Join local author and playwright Catherine McKinnon, Merrigong Artistic Development Manager Leland Kean and a cast of performers as they present this exciting new work on the stage.

Out there, wild wild world unravels the landscape of the everyday, mapping the savage pleasures of living and the sweet brutality of dying.

As they sit in a hospital waiting room, Gabby and Kit debate the best way to die while Cal and Zita wrangle over life support. Nearby, teenagers Maddy and Alana fantasize about murder, while hospital staff, Seb and Anoushka, do their best to stuff-up falling in love.

Is this a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy? Maybe it’s the catastrophe called life. Out there, wild wild world is about ordinary people doing not so ordinary things.

About the Playwright

Dr Catherine McKinnon lectures in performance and creative writing at the University of Wollongong. McKinnon grew up in South Australia, and, after studying theatre performance and cinema at Flinders University, worked for the Red Shed Theatre and later the State Theatre Company, as a theatre director and writer. Her play Immaculate Deceptions and numerous others were produced for the Red Shed Theatre, while Eye of Another, was performed at the Adelaide Festival.

In 2008 Penguin Viking published her novel, The Nearly Happy Family. Her play Tilt was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival, and As I Lay Dreaming won the 2010 Mitch Matthews Award. Her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime, Narrative and Griffith Review.

McKinnon, along with four other writers, won the Griffith Review Novella 111 Award in 2015, and her novella Will Martin was published by Griffith Review in October of that year.  Her play Hurt, from The Hurt Trilogy, was performed in July 2016, by Whitebox Theatre, while Kin, from the same trilogy, was performed in July 2016, at Pact, as part of their AXIS program. More recently, McKinnon’s novel, Storyland, was published by Harper Collins in February, 2017.