Audience take centre stage for RUFF showcase

Dr Catherine Fargher of the Faculty of Creative Arts will launch RUFF!, a showcase of the latest offerings from the Merrigong Theatre Company, on Saturday July 23 with her new work The Jetty.

RUFF! presents new works currently in development within the company as part of an informal evening which is all about audience involvement and feedback.

The Jetty and Charcoal Creek, a new play by Marcel Dorney, will feature in this year’s showcase, with audience members invited to stay behind after rehearsed readings to be part of an informal feedback session with the artist.

Dr Fargher said feedback was essential to creating an effective, enjoyable work which appeals to a wide audience.

“RUFF! is a great program because it really welcomes audience input and allows the writer to communicate with others and figure out what works and what doesn’t,” she said.

The Jetty is a play exploring political themes of progress and change in an environment over time. It involves two working class Indigenous Australian characters, Jack and George, and their individual and collective fights for class and race justice. The work also follows the stories of their two partners, Ruby and Elise, as they fight for their own issues and freedoms.

Dr Fargher recently received a $2,500 grant from the Playwriting Australia State Exchange Fund to bring South Australian State Theatre Company Associate Director Catherine Fitzgerald to the region to assist with work on The Jetty.

“Catherine has worked extensively with Indigenous actors in South Australia and is a great comic director. It’s wonderful to have her here,” Dr Fargher said.

RUFF! 1: The Jetty by Dr Catherine Fargher will play at the Gordon Theatre, IPAC on Saturday July 23 from 7:30pm. To attend visit the RUFF! webpage or call the box office on 4226 5999.

By Jenna Bradwell.


  • Dr Catherine Fargher with South Australian State Theatre Company Associate Director Catherine Fitzgerald.