Under an ochre sky something happened at Mt. Ragged. The incident inspired celebrated bush poet Daniel Gartrell’s (John Wood) most analysed piece of verse … a poem that’s final verse has never been published. Now an enigma, Gartrell lives as a recluse in the suburbs, his only contact is with his daughter, Sarah (Marcella Russo).
Gartrell is at home, thinking very oblique thoughts when an emerging actor from Bondi, Craig Catevich (Samuel Johnson), knocks on his door. The ambitious and optimistic Castervich has been cast to play Gartrell in a biographical movie, and in his research for the role, is ready for anything …or so he thinks.
The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell offers theatre goers the chance to see Australian icon, John Wood and TV favourite Samuel Johnson like they’ve never seen them before. This is a play that offers something for everyone. Audience are sure to experience a journey that stretches their senses, hits their funny bone and delivers a poignant message for all.
An accessible yet edgy play that invites audiences to sit back and reflect on how our secrets and our pasts can shape who we are.
A Straightjacket Production
Featuring John Wood, Samuel Johnson and Marcella Russo
Directed by Lucy Freeman
Presented by Ellis Productions in association with Peter Marks.