Now published by Currency Press: Hibernation
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Five stars – A brilliantly executed three-act treat that suspends dramatic tension over a complex construction with the success of a perfectly balanced biodiverse ecosystem.
Five stars – The writing is sharp, elegant, witty and world class. The staging is epic, gladiatorial, conspiratorial and sensitive. I was entertained, outraged, moved and provoked by this exciting new work by a playwright whose voice will echo around the world. An extraordinary piece of work that forces us to think… We have been waiting a while for another Australian playwright of worth to emerge and Kruckemeyer has proved, with the opening of Hibernation, that he is a force to be reckoned with.
State Theatre’s engaging and theatrically inventive new play, is not only a wake-up call about the climate crisis, it reminds us that to fix the planet we really have to fix ourselves. Like all good sci-fi and speculative fiction, it proposes a parallel world to illuminate our own. Hibernation is witty, intriguing, poetic and full of energising provocations. It refreshes our thinking, with excellent performances from this diverse ensemble in this terrific new play.
Creative and imaginative brilliance. Elegant, thoughtful, exhilarating and visually stunning. Hibernation is an important and landmark work on the contemporary Australian theatre scene and a triumph for our State Theatre.
Hibernation invites the audience to think seriously about one of the most difficult issues we human beings have brought upon ourselves in such a short time. Mitchell Butel has done a mighty job in directing a uniformly excellent company in this expansive piece, and is very ably supported by Jonathon Oxlade’s superlative design – this is one of the most beautiful shows we’ve seen for some time – and Gavin Norris’s well-judged lighting.
It’s the year 2030 and there is an immediate climate crisis. With little choice remaining, world leaders make a collective, pragmatic decision to save the planet. For an entire year, all 8.5 billion humans on Earth will hibernate.
Gas will be launched into the atmosphere and the human population will be immediately plunged into a deep sleep, leaving the natural world to reset. The reset of the human world is not what was expected.
For years we have been making our beds. Now we must sleep in them.
Previous seasons: 5F, 5M
A work for teenagers and adults
European premiere, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, Germany
Theater Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany
World premiere, The State Theatre Company of South Australia
State Theatre Company of SA production 2021, starring Ansuya Nathan, video by Matt Byrne
- Commissioned and first produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia, 2021
- First directed by Mitchell Butel