When the 2018 Helpmann Awards were announced, only one Queensland company took home an award – The Farm for its production TIDE. Commissioned by the Bleach* Festival, TIDEfeatured two people working in an office constructed on a sandbar on the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Creek.
Throttle. Photo © Art-Work Agency
For 49 hours, with no food or supplies, they undertook their day-to-day duties, placing themselves at the mercy of the elements and the high tide, which submerged their desk.
Well buckle your seatbelts, for The Farm is back at this year’s Bleach* Festival with another commissioned production called Throttle– a B-grade thriller staged at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, which audiences will view from inside their own cars.
Based on the Gold Coast, The Farm is a movement collective led by co-Directors Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood, who first worked together in the early 1990s at Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide. Meeting up again in Europe, they began making films, which led to the staging of their acclaimed theatre piece
Lawnin 2004. They have been working together at The Farm ever since.
Director Lindy Hume once said of The Farm: “These guys...