REDSTITCH THE MESH“This reminds me of nothing I’ve ever known. It takes me back to a place I’ve never been.

Walk with me, Max. Walk with me to our new life.”

The Mesh


by Elise Hearst

ARTHUR in collaboration with Red Stitch

Wolf and Clara, Max and Lotte.
These guys know how to costume party.

Clara is a butterfly and a singer.
Lotte a witch.
Max a king amongst men.
Wolf, well, a bit of a wolf.

Refugees with no homeland to return to, they party in an effort to band together, maintain hope, and save their faltering sanity. Caught in a cruel limbo between past and present and striving to find their place in a new land, they fall under the increasingly sinister surveillance of The Suits as they attempt to gain safety and security.

The Mesh is a haunting and timely allegory filled with dancing, original songs and a rich musical score. Inspired by the story of Elise Hearst’s grandparents, Austrian Jews who fled Europe after the German occupation, daringly escaping and making the long journey to begin a new life in Melbourne. St Kilda-based Hearst is one of the most interesting young playwriting voices in Australian theatre, whose previous work includes The Sea Project (Griffin Theatre) and Dirtyland (The New Theatre).

Cast | Creatives

WRITER Elise Hearst
DIRECTOR Paige Rattray
PRODUCER Belinda Kelly
DRAMATURG Amelia Evans
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Mattea Davies
CHOREOGRAPHER Kurt Phelan
LIGHTING DESIGNER Ross Graham
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Tom Hogan
STAGE MANAGER Melissa Place
PRODUCTION MANAGER Jacob Battista

WITH Ella Caldwell, Rosie Lockhart, Olga Makeeva, Tom Dent, Kevin Kiernan-Molloy & Nick Masters

Watch the trailer.

Performance Dates

15 October – 8 November 2014 (Q&A with cast 23 October)
Red Stitch Actors Theatre
Rear 2 Chapel Street
St Kilda East, Vic 3183, Australia

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Image: Jodie Hutchinson

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