The End of Winter premiered earlier this year touring to NSW audiences in 2023, by Siren Theatre Company. The work has a climate change theme and asks us to consider what is happening to our seasons in Australia. Jane Phegan’s beautiful performance is enhanced by an original score and we travel with all the bells and whistles of a set, lighting and even a fog machine! The work is equally at home in a community hall as it is more conventional theatre.
Critical Stages is touring partner, and we are taking bookings now for 2023. If you scroll through the information below you can access the full-length video.
Artform: Australian Drama, Solo performance
Duration: 50 minutes (no interval)
Venue: Community Hall, Theatre, Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box
Engagement: Post Show Q&A, Education Resource links to Climate Change discussion & Drama (genre, solo performance, writing from life); Workshop for actors and directors
Available: Jan – May; September – December 2023
“It’s a bravura performance from Jane Phegan…a complex final image and the ghostly sway of the curtains on occasion, leads to a mimetic and stringed conclusion which creeps those icy fingers towards the heart. Too much to take away from The End of Winter, too much for one viewing yet not a play for reading. As crisp and clear as a frosty night, it is a theatrical experience of bonewarming depth and of hope.” Reviews by Judith
“Exquisitely written … directed with light touch by Kate Gaul, it is one woman’s cerebral, deeply personal, eco-poetic odyssey, in which she travels through the realms of childhood memories and forgotten histories, science and art, folklore and myth to present a paean to winter, sung in the key of anticipatory loss.” Kate Pendergast, Audrey Journal
“The “performance essay-cum-monologue” is beautifully realised by Jane Phegan. Her clear-eyed calm and gentle humour undercut the ferocious messages and discoveries revealed in less than an hour of intense and engrossing mind travel. The End of Winter is often enlightening, often sobering, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended.”