Brink began in 1996 when seven young actors identified a gap in the cultural life of South Australia. Inspired by the great theatre ensembles of the world, Michaela Cantwell, Lizzy Falkland, Victoria Hill, Richard Kelly, David Mealor, John Molloy and Paul Moore were joined in their dream by a visionary young artist named Benedict Andrews who directed two of Brink’s early successes: Mojo by Jez Butterworth and his own radical reimagining of A Dream Play by August Strindberg.
In 1998, Brink was awarded the South Australian Government’s New Theatre Venture, transforming the organisation from a dedicated collective to a public company limited by guarantee. Between 1996 and 2004 the company produced more than 20 shows. In 2000 Brink presented the world premiere of Howard Barker’s 9 hour epic The Ecstatic Bible, in co-production with his UK company Wrestling School for the Adelaide Festival of Arts.
In 2004 Chris Drummond was appointed as Artistic Director, bringing a vision to create original theatre through collaboration with artists from different disciplines and background. His productions at Brink have been presented by most major Australian theatre companies. In 2008 Brink staged the world premiere of When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, in collaboration with visual artist Hossein Valamanesh at the Adelaide Festival of Arts. The play toured nationally in 2009/10 and has gone on to have countless new productions around the world. Other major works include Thursday by Bryony Lavery, Skip Miller’s Hit Songs by Sean Riley, The Clockwork Forest by Doug MacLeod (with Windmill Theatre) and this uncharted hour by Finegan Kruckemeyer and The Aspirations of Daise Morrow (an adaptation of Patrick White’s Down at the Dump).
Brink’s commissioned plays have entered the canon and school curricula, are the subject of PhDs and have been published in Australia and overseas. A number of Brink’s plays have also received new productions from companies including the Almeida, the Lincoln Center, Teatro Español, Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang, Black Swan Theatre Company and Tasmania Performs. Chris Drummond is increasingly invited into training facilities nationally to share his process with the next generation of theatre makers.