Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Maddock, Timothy J. & Rabe, Pamela [Directors] (2008) Soldiers - The Serpent's Teeth, Sydney Theatre Company, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 25 April - 17 May 2008. Download script here. See also links to reviews at Australian Stage, 25 April 2008, Theatre Notes, 27 April 2008 and The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 April 2008.



Research Background
‘Soldiers’ directed by Tim Maddock, is the second of two short plays by Daniel Keene under the title ‘The Serpent’s Teeth’. The first, ‘Citizens’, is set against the wall separating Palestinians and Israelis; “Soldiers” is set in the vacuum of an aircraft hangar as families await the return of the bodies of their loved ones from a war-zone in the middle east. The production was mounted by Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and presented in the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre. It describes the wound in the social fabric caused by war.

Research Contribution
‘The Serpent’s Teeth’, was presented as two separate halves designed to speak to each other. The two directors and one designer worked spatially to create a language of division, a language created around and in concert with the aesthtics of the actual space. This work comes from an enduring twenty-year collaboration with writer Daniel Keene, whose work is widely acknowledged as important in the development and export of Australian voices to an international audience.

Research Significance
A major work commisioned by STC and programmed by Robyn Nevin, ‘The Serpent’s Teeth’ was staged in the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre. The production was designed by Robert Cousins and cast with actors from The Actor’s Company, STC’s resident ensemble of performers, and included high calibre, senior actors Pamela Rabe, John Gaden, Peter Carrol. It was reviewed in both local and national print media; undertook numerous interviews for radio and a review and article in Realtime magazine.