[ASC-list] ACT event - 'The Clever Country' (a play by Bruce Hoogendoorn)

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 10:15:36 UTC 2010

This play (The Clever Country) may interest ASC members. It's on from
6-16 October, but a group of ASC members will be attending on Tuesday
12 October at 730 - meet us under the stairs in the foyer before the

The Clever Country is a 'cynical satire' at the Street Theatre about
the challenges of encouraging students to study science (and keep them
away from fashion design). Purchase tickets from the Street (6247 1223
or www.thestreet.org.au).

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The Clever Country by Bruce Hoogendoorn

The Minister for Science is furious! He’s just discovered that
University science enrolments have dropped by three-thousand in five
years. So he hires Andrew Dean, an incredibly good-looking researcher,
to promote science so young people will begin to think of it as cool
and start enrolling.

Andrew  is researching Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which he
uses to mimic the minds of autistic savants to improve people’s
ability to draw and play music. But his research has been inconclusive
and he loses his funding. The Minister promises, “if you raise
enrolments by twenty percent you’ll get a decade of funding”.

But Andrew doesn’t have any impact until he gets into a punch-up with
the head of fashion design at a rival uni’. This makes him an instant
celebrity. The fight was over a young woman who won a national science
award, but has chosen to study fashion design. Andrew is determined to
get her into science. Can he do it? And will he reach his target? Or
will his research come back to haunt him?

Bruce Hoogendoorn’s play The Role Model was performed at The Street in
2008, Riverina Theatre Company in 2008 and Boobook Theatre in 2009. It
won the 2006 Inscription Award, and was workshopped with Edward Albee.
Simon Says was performed at The Street in 2009.

The Street Theatre

6 – 16 October, 7.30pm

Matinees: 9th & 16th at 2.00pm

$15.00 - $25.00

Bookings: 6247 1223 or www.thestreet.org.au

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