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The Causality Principle Between Love and Hate

  • 10th May 2018 - 12th May 2018 to (Everyday)
  • Wollongong
    Building 25.168 Performance Space

Playwright: Suzie Miller
Director: Catherine McKinnon AD: Lily Hayman


Performed by third year Bachelor of Performance students: 
Marissa Argyris, Mina Bradshaw, Isabel Burton, Claire Gilmour, Meg Harrison, Lily Hayman, Michael Ho, Justin McCormick, Jye Perkins, Robert Rufatt, Eliza Stephens, Conor Teevan, Pippi Watt-Meek, Sophie Wood, Nick Vagne
Production Manager: Frankie Clarke; APM: Justin Phan; Venue Manager: Sam Read
Lighting design: Thomas Doyle, Sam Pirrottina, Ji In Sa (mentor: Karen Norris)
Sound design: Brooke Arblaster
Stage Managers: Frankie Clarke, Hannah Buchner and Eliza Campbell

In Suzie Miller's play, “The Causality Principle between Love and Hate”, a teenager, Abi Nicholls, is murdered. Her father is devastated, or does it only appear that way? His property development company is a cover for criminal activities and there are suggestions of an unhealthy love between father and daughter. Who killed Abi Nicholls? Was it her nerdy boyfriend, Rick? Her stepmother, Lee? Her brother, Aaron? Who can be trusted in Abi's world? Through flashbacks we glimpse Abi's life, but can we understand her death? Why is her story so titillating? These are some of the questions Miller's play explores, but her text examines far more than this. In recent years, scientists have reported that many of the same brain neural circuits are employed when experiencing emotions connected with love and hate (Steve Connor, “Independent”, 29/10/2008). This is Miller's true territory. While her play provides thrills through the unravelling of a mystery, the real mystery is the overlapping space - the emotional black hole - that exists between love and hate.

Both Suzie Miller's “The Causality Principle between Love and Hate”, and Mary Rachel Brown's “These Are Not My People” (directed by Linda Luke) have been developed through TAEM’s commissioning program in order to provide third year students (Bachelor of Performance and Bachelor of Creative Arts – Technical Theatre), experience in working with professional playwrights. Both playwrights have written several drafts which underwent dramaturgy by each director, followed by another draft subsequent to working with the students in March 2018.

Suzie Miller is a multi-award-winning playwright with more than 35 productions presented in theatres and festivals around the world: Australia, Canada, US, UK and Northern Ireland. She was in residence at La Boite Theatre, Brisbane (2016) the National Theatre of Scotland (2014), Critical Stages, NSW and Theatre Gargantua, Canada in 2013; Griffin Theatre, Sydney 2012 and the National Theatre of London (2011 and 2009). She is currently commissioned by companies in Australia, England, Scotland and Canada. Recent awards include the 2016 WA Premier’s Award for Script/Drama, the 2013 AWGIE for Radio and the Best New Play (Irish Times) in 2012. She is a graduate of the Playwrights Studio at NIDA (2000); has an MA in Theatre and Film (UNSW); an Honours degree in Science and a Masters of Law.

Writer and director, Catherine McKinnon teaches into both Creative Writing and Performance at UOW. She has a particular passion for developing new works by Australian writers. Her own plays have been performed nationally. In 2016 “Hurt”, was directed by Kim Hardwick for Whitebox Theatre, playing at Venue 505 (Sydney), before being remounted in 2017 for Hothouse Theatre (Wodonga, VIC.) and Sydney’s Belvoir. “Hurt” was also nominated for a 2017 AWGIE Award. Her novel, “Storyland”, was published by Harper Collins in 2017. In 2015, she was a co-winner of the Griffith Review Novella 111 Award.

Season: 8pm, Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 May, 2018
Location: Building 25.168 Performance Space, University of Wollongong
Tickets: $23, $16 conc., $12 TAEM students