Brink Productions

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Brink Productions is an Australian theatre company based in Adelaide, specialising in the ensemble-development of new writing.

Brink was established in 1996 as an actor-driven collective of seven members, primarily graduates from the drama school of Flinders University,[1] in order to "improve artistic production" in Australian theatre.[2] Brink's founding members were Michaela Cantwell, Michaela Coventry, Lizzy Falkland, Victoria Hill, Richard Kelly, David Mealor, John Molloy and Paul Moore, joined soon after by director Benedict Andrews. Director Chris Drummond was appointed Artistic Director in 2004.[3]

Brink's repertoire of work includes "epic narrative, re-imagined classics, music theatre and children's theatre".[4]

In 2018, Brink premiered Memorial at the 2018 Adelaide Festival, before touring it to the 2018 Brisbane Festival and the Barbican Centre.[5][6][7] Memorial was a stage adaptation of Alice Oswald's Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad [8], with music by Jocelyn Pook. Staged as a theatrical soliloquy performed by Helen Morse, it featured 200 chorus members[citation needed]

In 2018, the also company toured The Aspirations of Daise Morrow [9] to Canberra Theatre Centre, Merrigong Theatre, the 2018 Galway Festival and the Assembly Rooms at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.[10] [11] [12] The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is Brink's adaptation of Patrick White's short story Down at the Dump, from The Burnt Ones.[citation needed]

In 2016/17, Brink worked in association with Far & Away Productions to produce Ancient Rain,[13] created with songwriter Paul Kelly, singer Camille O'Sullivan and musician Feargal Murray. The theatrical song cycle featured the poems of Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, Paula Meehan, Padraic Pearse and WB Yeats and was presented at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, 2016 Melbourne Festival, Canberra Theatre Centre, Merrigoing Theatre, 2017 Dark Mofo, QPAC and the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. [14][15][16][17]

One of Brink's most successful collaborations was When The Rain Stops Falling [18] written by Andrew Bovell with designs by visual artist Hossein Valamanesh and music by Quentin Grant. During 2008-2010 the Brink cast performed to over 60,000 people in Adelaide (2008, 2010), Sydney Theatre Company (2009), Melbourne Theatre Company (2009), Queensland Theatre Company (2010), Canberra Theatre Centre (2010) and the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs (2010).[19][20][21][22] The script has been performed all over the world including seasons at the Almeida Theatre in London[23] and the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Brink has worked with a broad array of artists including Benedict Andrews, Howard Barker, Paul Blackwell, Andrew Bovell, Kate Box, Geordie Brookman, Paul Capsis, Geoff Cobham, Robert Cousins, Cameron Goodall, Lenny Grigoryan, Slava Grigoryan, Kevin Harrington, Alan John, Lally Katz, Paul Kelly, Bryony Lavery, Nigel Levings, Yaron Lifschitz, Mandy McElhinney, Kris McQuade, Alex Menglet, Kate Mulvany, Nathan O'Keefe, Camille O'Sullivan, Alice Oswald, Tony Phelan, Genevieve Picot, Neil Pigot, Anna Lise Phillips, Jocelyn Pook, Dedrie Rubenstein, Yael Stone, Gabriela Tylesova, Hossein Valamanesh.[citation needed]



Production Awards[edit]



  • Adelaide Critics Circle Award - Best Group


Long Tan

  • Curtain Call Award - Best Design


The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

  • Adelaide Critics Circle Award - Best Group



  • Curtain Call Award - Best Ensemble


Skip Miller's Hit Songs by Sean Riley


When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, a collaboration with Hossein Valamanesh & Brink Productions

  • ACT Green Room Award - Production


The Hypochondriac by Molière, a new adaptation by Paul Galloway

  • Adelaide Critics' Circle Award - Group Prize (Brink Productions, producer)


When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, a collaboration with Hossein Valamanesh & Brink Productions, presented with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the Adelaide Festival of Arts

  • Adelaide Critics' Circle Award – Group Prize (Brink Productions, producer);
  • Adelaide Critics' Circle Award – Individual Prize(Andrew Bovell, playwright;
  • Ruby Award - Best Work or Event;
  • Curtain Call Awards – Best Drama & Best Technical for Set Design/Video Design & Projection;
  • Victorian Premier’s 2008 Literary Awards (Louis Esson Prize for Drama;
  • Queensland Premier’s 2008 Literary Awards (Drama Script – Stage - Award;
  • Oscarts 2008 – Best of Everything;


This Uncharted Hour by Finegan Kruckemeyer, co-production with the STCSA, presented in association with The Firm and the Adelaide Festival Centre's iNSPACE.


Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Finegan Kruckemeyer, co-production with STCSA

  • Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards: Best Show, Drama


Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

  • The Advertiser: Oscart for Best Production


The Ecstatic Bible by Howard Barker, a co-production with The Wrestling School.

  • Adelaide Critics' Circle: Excellence in Arts


(Uncle) Vanya by Howard Barker

  • Sun Herald: 'One of the Best Productions of the Decade'


The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

  • The Advertiser: Overall Artistic Excellence, Adelaide Fringe Festival


  • The Advertiser: Overall Artistic Excellence, Adelaide Fringe Festival


(Uncle) Vanya by Howard Barker

  • Adelaide Critics' Circle: Best Production


  1. ^ Milne, G, 2004, Theatre Australia (un)limited, Rodopi Press, p289
  2. ^ Moore, P, 2008, Longing to Belong: Trained Actors’ Attempts to Enter the Profession,
  3. ^ "Our history". Brink Productions. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Brink Productions". Retrieved 26 July 2017.
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  23. ^ "When the Rain Stops Falling, theatre review". The Guardian. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Brink Productions, past shows". Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  25. ^ Long Tan and Stories from the Brink, by David Knight in the Adelaide Review
  26. ^ Australian Book Review review

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