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It’s a rare and thrilling treat when contemporary, blood-soaked horror disgraces the stage, and Harbinger does just that. A tender ‘boy meets girl, girl eats boy’ love story caked in crimson humour, Harbinger by Matthew Whittet is as hilarious as it is unsettling. A nightmarish dreamscape and black comedy rolled into a rich theatrical brew. Think David Lynch meets Flight of the Conchords. Think Hitchcock meets True Blood. Think Freddy Krueger meets – actually, stop thinking and start preparing for what will be the funniest, juiciest, most disturbing theatre experience of 2010, or possibly even your life.

Writer Matthew Whittet
Chris Drummond
Wendy Todd
Composer Stuart Day
Lighting Designer David Gadsden
Sound Designer
Mick Jackson
Larissa McGowan
Kay Jamieson

CAST Alex Menglet, Nathan O’Keefe + Yael Stone

‘…plenty of wit and whimsy…’ The Australian

‘The excellent performances are stylishly directed by Chris Drummond, with design by Wendy Todd, very bright lights from David Gadsden, and a delightful disregard for movie-style effects.’ The Australian

Harbinger is funny, engaging and full of dark surprise.’ The Australian

‘Chris Drummond has taken the writings of Whittet and directed three accomplished actors in a piece of drama which succeeds in drawing the audience into the story with shocking impact and nervous humour.’ Adelaide Theatre Guide

‘From the moment the action begins, light and sound effects are powerfully used to disorientate the audience and create a feeling of confusion and doubt.’ Adelaide Theatre Guide

‘Stone is feisty yet vulnerable, spirited yet haunted.’ Adelaide Theatre Guide

 ‘…that’s the beauty of Harbinger, as it is very much open to interpretation.’ Rip It Up

‘There is a rich intense emotional urgency and wicked drama to Whittet’s writing…’ dB Magazine

Harbinger is a triumphant work deep in heart, warm in humour, powerful in its vision and laced with an everlasting, lingering air of soulful whimsy.’ dB Magazine

 ‘wickedly offbeat’ Sunday Mail

‘…it’s funny, it’s quirky and it will open young minds.’ Sunday Mail

‘…a satisfying ninety six minutes of non-stop powerful theatre… who can ask for more?’ Radio Adelaide

‘All at once startlingly clear and murkily indecipherable, it is nevertheless consistently gripping and darkly enjoyable’ Fringe Benefits

‘outstandingly well produced’ Fringe Benefits

‘Harbinger is the kind of production that sticks with you long after you have left the theatre… renowned for producing original, unique and thought-provoking pieces of theatre, Brink have done it once again.’ Fringe Benefits

‘In the lead role of Maddy, Yael Stone shines… as Christopher, O’Keefe is nothing short of amazing’. Stage Whispers

★★★★ ‘O’Keefe and Stone achieve a delightful dynamic and a both prepared to put themselves all the way out there in their performances’. Kryztoff

‘…vivid, imaginative, funny, gory and surprising…’ The Advertiser

‘…a striking and unusual theatre experience with some glorious streaks of black humour.’ The Advertiser

‘…a well written, well-directed and well-acted piece and represents another big hit for this company. Hurry to get a ticket if you still can.’ Glam Adelaide

‘Harbinger is arresting theatre’ No Plain Jane

31 August - 11 September 2010

Space Theatre
Adelaide Festival Centre

We acknowledge that the land on which we live, and work is the  traditional land of the Kaurna people and pay our respects to their  Elders - past, present and future. Brink supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and enshrining a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. 

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