PRODUCTIONS

Explore Burning House's production history. Our aim is to bring rare classic texts to audiences - plays of extraordinary power and relevance, written by the best writers in the history of the world - in a bold, new contemporary manner.

 
 
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THE MOST LAMENTABLE ROMAN TRAGEDY OF TITUS ANDRONICUS 

Written by William Shakespeare & Adapted by Robert Johnson      

After ten long years fighting for his country, Titus Andronicus returns home to Rome. Twenty-one of his sons are dead in battle, and the queen of his enemies rules side by side with his new emperor. Rome is a wilderness of wolves, and Titus finally decides to step outside the law, to protect and avenge his own. With 'Titus', the team behind 'Coriolanus' finish their Roman study on leadership and power.

October 2017.


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SUMMERFOLK

Written by Maxim Gorky & Adapted by Robert Johnson

A large ensemble of friends are on vacation. Isolated and shielded from the tumultuous events of an empire in upheaval, these summer guests are free to enjoy life at leisure. But the call of revolution cannot be ignored by several members of the party. The play is an overwhelming call to arms – it is a gigantic invitation to live and embrace a life of passion, fulfilment and agency.

March 2017.


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AJAX 

After Sophocles - Adaption by Robert Johnson, Jonathan Graffam & Cast

At the end of the Trojan War, Ajax is denied his friend Achilles’ armour. After 10 years of constant war he snaps. Ashamed of his deeds, he plans to kill himself. His wife and child do their best to change his mind.

In association with Hawthorn Arts Centre and Melbourne Fringe. September/October 2016.


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THE TRAGEDY OF CORIOLANUS 

Written by William Shakespeare & Adapted by Robert Johnson

Coriolanus is a consummate solider – a coddled mother's boy whose sole purpose is to find valour (and validation) through martial prowess. He is elected to Consul, and when unable to reconcile his honour and his virtue with democratic Rome, he is exiled. He turns on the city, leading his old enemies the Volsces against Rome.

Burning House's premiere production is the first in a 'Roman' diptych, focusing on power, politics and leadership.

May 2016.


IN DEVELOPMENT - THE PERSIANS / THE SUPPLIANTS

Inspired by Aeschylus, with addition text by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Rumi, Robert Johnson and others.

With thanks to Darebin Speakeasy Development Program.

Reaching far back in time to our two oldest playtexts, Burning House is working to create a new work about terrorism, Islam, the refugee crisis, empathy and the nature of theatre and storytelling itself.

Coming in 2019.

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