Blood Moon Theatre, a new space for independent theatre within Kings Cross’s World Bar, isn’t wasting any time on a cautious start. On September 30, the theatre will launch itself onto Sydney with a production of Nick Enright’s disturbing Property of the Clan. Inspired by the brutal sexual assault and murder of Leigh Leigh in Stockton in 1989, the play was adapted into 1997 film Blackrock.
The action centres on a group of fictional teenagers whose life is changed by a similar crime. There’s Jared, who bore witness, his girlfriend, Rachel, and his best friend, Ricko, as well as the victim’s best friend, Jade. In exploring their reactions, Enright takes a no-holds-barred look at the power of peer pressure, the nature of justice and the dangerous potential of sexism.
“In a culture of rising violence against women, A Property of the Clan deftly examines the psychology of victim blaming and rests responsibility firmly on the boys and men of the world,” says director Phillip Rouse.
Co-producers Don't Look Away and Don't Look Away are promising a striking interpretation, which sees the performers build and destroy the set during the course of the show. The cast includes George Banders, Megan Drury, Jack Starkey-Gill and Sam Young.