15 Sep - 16 Sep 2023
40 Minutes

30-50 Feral Hogs

An interactive theatrical experience.

On a crisp, sunny morning at Penrith’s Tench Reserve, a dog walker stops in her tracks, her dog’s ears pointed forward in surprise. Before them, nearly six feet tall, stands an emu.

No one knows why the emus have come to Penrith, or why they had to leave their old home. But one thing’s for certain: they intend to stay, and we’ll have to figure out how to live together.

30-50 Feral Hogs is an interactive theatrical experience – part story, part game – all about what happens when people and nature meet, and the kinds of worlds we could create with the animals that we share our neighbourhoods with.

Based on stories from urban ecology and rewilding projects from around Australia, 30-50 Feral Hogs is a fun and engaging theatrical event for all ages. Make it a part of your REAL Festival experience, and perhaps your choices will help change the future of Tench Reserve!

30-50 Feral Hogs is presented by Q Theatre and has been developed with support from Vitalstatistix.

Audience Information:
This event is held at Tench Reserve as part of the REAL Festival 2023.

Location: Tench Reserve, Jamisontown,  NSW 2750

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40 minutes

Cast & Creatives

Nathan Harrison / Cast

Maddie Chippendale / Cast

Emma McManus / Cast

Adam Buncher / Cast

Friday 15 September at 5pm, 6:15pm and 7:30pm
Saturday 16 September at 5pm, 6:15pm and 7:30pm

Meet the Cast

Nathan Harrison
Nathan Harrison is a performer, writer and game-maker living and working on Bidjigal Land. He works as a solo artist and as part of collectives Applespiel and Boho Interactive, creating theatre and games about nature and social-ecological systems. Working with scientists he has created live games for the London Science Museum, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Earth Observatory Singapore and The Lowitja Institute. A founding member of Sydney-based performance collective Applespiel, Nathan has developed and presented work around Australia and internationally. With Boho Interactive he has developed interactive science theatre in the UK, Sweden and Singapore, and been featured in New Scientist. Nathan writes about ecology, sustainability and wildlife conservation, including his play How I Saved The Western Black Rhino at Q Theatre in 2018.
Emma McManus
Emma is an interdisciplinary artist living on Wurundjeri land. A founding member of performance collective Applespiel and Too Rude (with Maria White), she has made work for Next Wave, Sydney Festival, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, PACT, Malthouse Theatre, Arts House, Brand X, You Are Here, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and Performance Studies International (Calgary, Canada). She has interned with The Rabble, Sisters Grimm, Playwriting Australia, Sipat Lawin Ensemble (Karnabal – Manila, The Philippines), Besen Family Placement at Malthouse (directing) and is a part of the Australia Council and PICA Interdisciplinary Lab. Her new work ‘The Waves‘ is a collaboration with her physicist brother David and explores gravitational-wave science, queer theory and the biography of Virginia Woolf. She studied at the University of Wollongong graduating with honours (class 1), was a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and is currently the Creative Producer of Public Programs at Next Wave. She is interested in urban ecology, plays in DIY punk bands, loves to cook a communal meal and is trying to become a better gardener
Madison Chippendale
Madison is an actor and performance maker living and working on Dharug land. She graduated with a Bachelor of Performance from the University of Wollongong in 2011 & was part of the PACT Ensemble show Beguiled the same year. In 2013 she was awarded the BBM Award for Theatre and traveled to the UK and Europe. In 2017 she devised her first solo performance work Maddie is Hamlet, performing it at both This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle that year, and again in 2018 as part of the PACT Salon Artifice/Interface. Most recently, Madison was part of the 2022 Shopfront Harness Ensemble – devising and performing in Where Shall We Meet? At the end of this year she will be appearing in As You Like It with Such Stuff Productions.
Adam Buncher
Adam is an emerging performer working on Gadigal land. He graduated with a Bachelor in Performance and Theatre Studies from the University of Wollongong in 2013 and has helped facilitate play tests with Boho Interactive, including One Week in the Bush and Grow Your Own for James Cook University’s Indigenous Knowledge and Education Centre in 2021. He works as a podcast producer and occasional voice-over artist.

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