Wattle We Do Next Productions
Three walls. A roof. A floor … And thick black iron bars.
The McNeil Project presents two of Jim McNeil’s best-known plays penned in the Parramatta jail over 30 years ago: The Chocolate Frog and The Old Familiar Juice.
In The Chocolate Frog, two hardened inmates put their new cell mate on trial in this witty commentary on morality and mateship within Australia’s penal system. Then exploring sexuality, ownership and hierarchy, three inmates sneakily concoct a boozy brew that unlocks dormant primal urges in McNeil’s widely regarded masterpiece, The Old Familiar Juice.
Funny, moving and ever provocative, McNeil’s award winning plays put a spotlight on a world acknowledged, but rarely revealed, and highlights the hypocrisy between ‘them’ and ‘us’.
Directed by Malcolm Robertson. Featuring Cain Thompson, Luke McKenzie, Will Ewing, and Richard Bligh.