2015 - Timon of Athens

13 - 28 February
The Dell, Wellington Botanical Gardens

Timon is a generous, wealthy Athenian who lavishes girls on his friends and enjoys hosting magnificent feasts for his fellow citizens. Timon’s generosity makes him the centre of attention – which Timon loves – and his fellow citizens clamour to share in the bounty as they flock to him. But all good things must end and Timon’s generosity soon outstrips his wealth. Forced to borrow money to fund his lifestyle, his creditors soon demand that the debts are repaid. Timon’s belief that friends help when you fall on hard times is shattered when all his so-called friends ignore his pleas for help.

Fortune’s wheel turns. The once proud and popular Timon flees Athens, filled with bitterness by the way he has been treated. His only remaining resources are words that he impotently flings at the walls of a city that wallows in greed. Exiled in the forest, a string of his former acquaintances visit him – each has an agenda, some virtuous, and some not so much.

Luckily, Timon discovers a secret stash of gold, and with this he can turn his curses into action; revenge can be unleashed on the city of rotten morals. Timon finances a military campaign to physically assault the city and buys agents to turn the Athenians’ lust against themselves by spreading disease. The tragedy is complete. All that remains is for the people to reflect on how their sins have come home to roost.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

The Life of Timon of Athens may be one of Shakespeare’s lesser known and infrequently performed plays yet it is, to my mind, one of his most accessible and contemporarily relevant. In the wake of the global financial crisis, credit crunch and the cult of celebrity, Shakespeare’s play is sometimes eerily prescient.

Timon is a complex character – seemingly blind to the vultures around him, his generosity is both a virtue and a fault. Is he driven by genuine philanthropy or pride? Why is he blind to his so-called friends’ true natures whilst others around him clearly see the wolves within their sheep’s clothing? And why do they not do more to save Timon from his ultimate fate? These are just some of the questions we ask as we watch this play.

I've enjoyed every minute of creating this production. The incredible energy and joy the cast brought to rehearsals, plus the hard work and commitment of the crew made this a great experience to be a part of. I hope you enjoyed this production as much as we were putting it together for you.

Brett Adam

PRODUCTION TEAM

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Director Brett Adam

Producer Sally Thorburn

Production Manager Bop Murdoch

Stage Manager Kat Turkilsen

Marketing Manager Victoria Barton-Chapple

Assitant Production Manager/Marketing Assistant Neal Barber

Set and Lighting Designer Alana Inglis

Set and Lighting Designer Ashleigh Jenner

2D Designer Kimberley Single

Costume Designer Alex Guillot

Costume Constructor Anna Stuart

Front of House Manager Audra Lord

Box Office Manager/Marketing Assistant Sarah Munn

Movement Director John Butterfield

Assistant Stage Manager Brynne Tasker-Poland

Lighting Co-Designer/Operator Neal Barber

Lighting Assistant Johnathon Churton

Make-up Artist Bridget Crotty

CAST

Timon Hayden Frost

Flavia Emma-Yvonne Simons

Apemantia Jean Sergent

Alcibiades Theo Taylor

Lucia Pasquale Orchard

Lucullus Simon Lind

Flaminia Jill Sirota

Servilia, Poet Iris Henderson

Sempronia Susannah Donovan

Caphis, Bandit 3, Prisoner, Greenpeace Bear James Forster

Athenian, Titus, Guard Aaron McIlroy

Lucilius Angus Dunn

Cupid, Messenger, Hortensia Georgia Latief

Isidore's Servant, Bandit 2, Girl Guide Harriet Lane-Tobin

Painter Jessica Booth

Jeweller, Senator 3 Harriet Dawson

Merchant, Philotia Sammy-Jo Murray

Ventidius, Timandrus Vincent Wong

Senator 1 Loren Casbolt

Senator 2 Hamish Boyle

Lucullus' Servant, Senator 4 Mahu Ramasubramanian

Phrynia, Backpacker Charlotte Pleasants

Lucilius' Girlfriend, Lucia's Servant Lola Valentine

Varro's Servant 1, Bandit 1, Beggar Charlotte Chadwick

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