First Seen 2020: Milk By Dylan Van den Berg

The Street Theatre
Friday 7 August 2020 at 5pm
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Free; donations welcome

Spanning two centuries, Milk tracks a conversation between three Aboriginal ancestors: an old woman is dying, clutching the stone that should have killed her sealer husband; a middle-aged woman curls her hair in preparation for another date; a young man grapples with the past before plunging headfirst into an uncertain future.

Barbie spoke to Dylan Van den Berg about Milk

They are stranded together on a metaphysical Flinders Island off the coast of Tasmania and attempt to reconcile what came before the onslaught of colonisation with what’s yet to come. Do we own the stories of our ancestors? And does the passage of time undermine a connection to Country? Milk is a story of longing, connection and the ghosts of the past.

  • Cast: Roxanne McDonald, Laila Thaker
  • Director: Gin Savage
  • Sound Designer: Peter Bailey

Dylan Van den Berg is a Palawa writer/performer with family connections to the Bass Strait Islands and the northeast of Tasmania. Recently, his play Way Back When won the Griffin Award (2020), was highly commended for the Max Afford Award, and was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights Award and the Qld Premier’s Drama Award.

It is being developed through Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Next in Line program. Van den Berg’s other writing for performance includes The Camel (Fringe at the Edge, 2020),  and Blue: a misery play at The Street in 2017.

In 2019, Dylan was selected to participate in Playwriting Australia’s masterclass with Patricia Cornelius. He is currently adapting a new Australian musical, Dot and the Kangaroo, with Liz Hobart and Bryce Halliday. 

The Street invites you to be part of the creative development process of this First Seen work and to offer your feedback at this work-in-progress showing.

Top photo of Dylan Van den Berg and Lisa Madden by Shelly Higgs