The Season

Tasmania Performs

Australian Premiere Season

Thu 12—Sun 15 Oct

The Coopers Malthouse


A joyous yarn about an Indigenous family told with cheeky humour and lots of heart.

Families are like seasons: you don't get to pick them, and when they show up you best be ready.

Somewhere between the mainland and its southern-most mate lies Big Dog Island. For six weeks of the year that's where you'll find the Duncans, a mob as funny as they are unforgettable. They come from all over to make the most of mutton-bird season, and have done for as long as anyone can remember. Long memories mean it's not just the birds that arrive for this year's harvest, though, as old secrets are dug up from their burrows, fledgling rivalries begin to take flight and outsiders stick their beaks where they're not welcome. It might all fall apart if it wasn't for the fierce love that holds this bunch together.

In The Season, playwright Nathan Maynard has crafted a drop-your-plate funny portrait of a singular corner of our world. Directed by Isaac Drandic and featuring a stellar cast including Tammy Anderson, Trevor Jamieson and Luke Carroll, the play boasts a fertile combination of Aboriginal writer, director and seven member ensemble. A rowdy and at times rude celebration of tradition and the bonds that unite us, this season the weather is looking up.

Learn more about the show before you go. Browse the house program →

Artist Talk 

Sat 14 October, post 2PM show

Stay after the show for a free talk with the artists.

The key to The Season’s winning charm: it may be about moonbird people but this is a play rooted in the everyday with an ability to laugh about itself—hard.

The Guardian
Nathan Maynard
Isaac Drandic
Set and Costume Designer
Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer
Rachel Burke
Sound Designer
Ben Grant
Peter Matheson
Tammy Anderson, Luke Carroll, Nazaree Dickerson, Trevor Jamieson, Lisa Maza, Kelton Pell and James Slee
  • This project is assisted by

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Sydney Festival, Ten Days on the Island and Melbourne Festival.

Tasmania Performs acknowledge the support of Australian Council for the Arts.