2016: A very Blue year in review

What a wonderful year 2016 was for Blue Cow. Here's a look back at some of the fabulous faces that we've brought to the Hobart stages.

Jeff Michel in Pedalling Back

Jeff Michel in Pedalling Back

Pedalling Back

By Jeff Michel, directed by Frank Newman with Melissa King.

A play developed through the Cowshed, Blue Cow’s play-and-playwrights development program. The production of "Pedalling Back" was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Intelligent, fun, absorbing and elegantly simple.
— Write Response
All the hallmarks of an instant classic. Michel’s superb technique allows him to turn his play on a pin.
— The Mercury
Georgia Blizzard and Robert Jarman in The Surgeon's Hands (Photo: Lucy Parakhina)

Georgia Blizzard and Robert Jarman in The Surgeon's Hands (Photo: Lucy Parakhina)

The Surgeon's Hands

by Alison Mann, directed by Annette Downs.

A play developed through the Cowshed, Blue Cow’s play-and-playwrights development program.

“Mann’s script is by turns tender, brutal, visceral, and laugh-out-loud funny.” – Danielle Wood, UTas

It never settles into a stereotyped groove, but keeps twisting and turning —emotionally, excitingly, uncomfortably.
— Dr. Dominic Lennard, UTas
Mann’s script is by turns tender, brutal, visceral, and laugh-out-loud funny.
— Danielle Wood, UTas
Thomas Campbell.

Thomas Campbell.

Misterman

by Enda Walsh, directed by Kate Gaul

A Siren Theatre Company production, co-presented by Blue Cow, Siren and the Theatre Royal.

Perfect in almost every regard. All the elements combine to create something unexpectedly moving and overwhelming.
— Crikey Daily Review
Riveting. An energised, gripping portrait.
— Sydney Morning Herald
Cowshed play-reading of new Tasmanian work. (Photo: Andrew Ross)

Cowshed play-reading of new Tasmanian work. (Photo: Andrew Ross)

The Cowshed Playreading

Blue Cow Theatre’s plays-and-playwrights development program.
Dramaturge: Peter Matheson.

Compelling new work… another significant milestone for Blue Cow and its program for local writers
— The Mercury
Maude Davey. (Photo: Paul Dunn)

Maude Davey. (Photo: Paul Dunn)

My Life in the Nude

Created and performed by Maude Davey.
Co-presented by Maude Davey, Blue Cow Theatre and the Festival of Voices.

It blew my mind. It flashes up and grabs you, then caresses you, then hits you in the guts.
— Julia Zemiro
I was staggering around like I’d just been struck by an arrow. Congratulations on your warmth, brilliance, honesty and joy.
— Marieke Hardy
Andrew Casey, Guy Hooper, Melissa King, Finegan Kruckemeyer, John Xintavelonis. (Photo: Tony McKendrick)

Andrew Casey, Guy Hooper, Melissa King, Finegan Kruckemeyer, John Xintavelonis. (Photo: Tony McKendrick)

Simon's Final Sound

by Finegan Kruckemeyer, directed by Robert Jarman.
Blue Cow national tour, managed by Tasmania Performs, supported by Playing Australia and Regional Arts Fund through Tasmanian Regional Arts.

This small company has come so far to bring such a delightful Odyssey to us; a really refreshing night of theatre that was both meaningful and cheerfully zany.
— Geelong Advertiser
Silly and funny and charming
— Canberra Times
Anna Kidd, Guy Hooper, Robert Maxwell, Fiona Stewart, Ellen Roe, Ivano del Pio, Claire Dawson, Scott Farrow. (Photo: Andrew Ross)

Anna Kidd, Guy Hooper, Robert Maxwell, Fiona Stewart, Ellen Roe, Ivano del Pio, Claire Dawson, Scott Farrow. (Photo: Andrew Ross)

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare, directed by Robert Jarman.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tempest at the Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum.

It was divine. Guy Hooper’s Prospero was magnificent (and) director Robert Jarman found an emotional register in the text that is rarely seen.
— Danielle Wood
Another triumph for Blue Cow!
— Rod Anderson, Theatre Council of Tasmania