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TWO SHANKS

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A tiny, living baby in a rubbish bin: that's the unexpected discovery made by a homeless man ransacking bins for something edible.

After the infant fails to survive the cold night they share without shelter, he frantically searches for a small box in which to inter it. He finds two lamb shanks as a final gift and in a solemn ceremony, he farewells the child.

Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.

Two Shanks was performed as part of the KTTP Season 11 under the title The Funniest Man in the World at Grant St Theatre, 26 April—13 May 2001. Director, Ariette Taylor; Designer, Adrienne Chisolm; Lighting Designer, Shane Grant; Stage Manager, Angela Hicks. Cast: Marco Chiappi, Lewis Fiander, Stewart Morritt.

  • poetic drama
  • 15
  • 1 total
  • 1 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: I'd passed a sleepless night curled up in the entrance way and had emerged with the dawn to do my round of the local bins before they were emptied/My pickings had been meagre of late but I'd had meagre pickings before only to be surprised by the discovery of some boon when I had all but given up hope/ The abandoning of hope and the deliverance of hope's reward often occur at the same moment and I have often had to cling to that knowledge


DANIELKEENE.COM.AU

Daniel Keene's website, containing interviews, extracts, introductions and production histories.

MELBOURNE THEATRE: THE WITNESS

RICHARD MURPHET, REAL TIME ISSUE #43, JUNE-JULY 2001

Richard Murphet's survey of Melbourne's theatre scene in the early 2000s, in which he discusses the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.

TWO TAKES ON TRUTH AND LIES

FIONA GRUBER, THE AUSTRALIAN, OCTOBER 2008

Whilst discussing the 2008 production of ' Lower Depths' by Maxim Gorky, Director, Ariette Taylor and the Australian's Fiona Gruber reflect on the aesthetic influences of the Keene/Taylor project, in particular a furniture repository belonging to the Brotherhood of St Laurence that was a cornerstone of many Keene/Taylor productions.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Keene Taylor Theatre Project : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia, accessible for research purposes.

45 DOWNSTAIRS

A brief history of 45 Downstairs, host to a number of productions included in the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.

KITCHEN TABLE INTERVIEW: DANIEL KEENE

ALISON CROGGON, THEATRENOTES.BLOGSPOT.COM.AU, NOV 2010

"For the first time I can remember, Daniel Keene has two productions on at once in his home town... Since he lives in the same house as I do, I sneakily exploited our proximity to ask him some questions. And, eventually, he answered them."

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